Russia is systematically destroying all thermal energy in Ukraine: an expert spoke about the consequences and threats

A worker at a thermal power plant in Ukraine that was damaged after a Russian missile attack. Photo:

Russia, through terrorist attacks, destroyed a significant part of the thermal power generation in Ukraine, which entails serious problems for its energy system. This could lead to an inability to cope with peaks and troughs in electricity consumption, as well as causing large-scale blackouts in regions. The former head of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine (2017-2021), Grigory Plachkov, spoke about this on the FREEDOM TV channel.

“Ukraine has basic generation – these are four nuclear power plants. One, the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, is not operational. There are three more operating nuclear power plants: South Ukrainian, Rivne and Khmelnytsky. And the Zaporozhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which does not generate electricity, but consumes it,” he said.

The expert noted that thermal generation is also the so-called maneuverable generation.

“Due to the destruction of thermal generation, it will be quite difficult for us to go through morning and evening peaks, as well as night troughs, because nuclear energy is very difficult to maneuver: it does not increase and decrease power so quickly,” he emphasized.

Plachkov explained that to prevent possible fluctuations in electricity consumption, in particular, thermal power plants, combined heat and power plants, pumped storage power plants and hydroelectric power plants were needed.

“Therefore, the destruction of our thermal generation promises problems in the unified energy system. We already know that in Kharkiv and in nearby regions there are outage schedules and problems with power supply to the population,” concluded Grigory Plachkov.

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