Ukraine’s electricity exports could replace significant amounts of Russian gas currently imported into Europe.
This was announced by the Prime Minister of the country Denis Schmigal in Telegram after a meeting with the Vice President of the European Commission Maros Šefčovič in Brussels.
“The export of electricity from Ukraine can replace the import of significant quantities of gas from Russia. I also raised the issue of increasing the capacity of exporting electricity from Ukraine to the EU. The current commercial capacity is 300 MW, and our export potential is up to 2,000 MW. We expect to increase the volume of electricity exports and we will be grateful to the European Commission to support us,” Schmigal wrote.
The prime minister also noted that Ukraine has the largest gas storage facilities and can become the “gas safe” of Europe.
“Given the received status of a candidate country for membership, the government is determined to speed up integration in the EU energy market,” he added.
It is noted that during the meeting, Shmigal and Šefčovič discussed the strengthening of sanctions against Russia and the integration of Ukraine into the EU energy market.
“Among our future priorities is the introduction of a full energy embargo against Russia. Such measures have already been developed by the Ermak-McFaul expert group and are proposed in the road map,” the Prime Minister said.
As of March 16, 2022, the Ukrainian energy system operates synchronously with the ENTSO-E grid in continental Europe.
Ukraine started exporting electricity to Poland at the end of March and to Moldova in May.
On June 30, Ukraine began commercial electricity exports to the EU. Romania is the first destination for deliveries. On July 7, the export of electricity to Slovakia began. The total volume of commercial exports since the end of June so far is 100 MW.
On July 28, 2022, the Continental European Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) approved an increase in Ukrainian electricity exports to Europe to 250 MW.
On September 5, 2022, the EU approved a new increase in electricity exports from Ukraine.