Washington plans to assist Kyiv with $522 million “subject to the availability of funds” to ensure the stability of Ukraine’s energy system under the memorandum signed between the governments of the United States and Ukraine on cooperation, The Gaze wrote.
This information was reported by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
“Subject to the availability of funds, the U.S. government intends to provide Ukraine with assistance in the total amount of $522 million, of which $422 million is new assistance in the energy sector, and $100 million is subject to the relevant government agencies of Ukraine taking the measures specified in paragraph 3 of this section,” the text states.
Among the requirements are the creation of a Supervisory Board of LLC “Operator of the GTS of Ukraine,” the implementation of the corporatization plan of SE “NNEGC “Energoatom,” and others.
It is expected that the assistance will be distributed across various directions, including:
- Restoration of damaged electrical, heat, and gas infrastructure in Ukraine.
- Improving resilience to power supply disruptions in key service areas such as heating, water supply, sewage, transportation, telecommunications, and healthcare.
- Expanding distributed generation from renewable and other energy sources in the electricity and heat sectors.
- Strengthening Ukraine’s physical connections with European gas and electricity networks.
- Developing and implementing energy sector reforms in accordance with the EU acquis communautaire and Ukraine’s commitments under the Energy Community Treaty.
- Civil cooperation in nuclear energy.
- Protecting Ukraine’s critical energy infrastructure, including physical anti-drone and anti-missile defense, physical and cyber security.
Additionally, the agreement signed between the governments aims to improve the resilience of Ukraine’s energy system, including through the restoration of critical infrastructure, the introduction of distributed generation, and the reform of the energy sector.
“The Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United States of America express mutual interest in decentralizing the power supply system, which will contribute to enhancing Ukraine’s energy security and transforming Ukraine’s energy sector into a modern and diversified one,” the memorandum states.
Furthermore, the agreement envisions supporting Ukraine’s post-war transition to a low-carbon, competitive, and integrated into the European Union energy economy.
The reached agreement can be a crucial step in supporting the Ukrainian energy infrastructure during the heating season of 2023-2024, which is expected to be as challenging as the previous year.
It is worth recalling that in October of the previous year, Russia initiated its first massive missile and drone strikes on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, resulting in damage to 78% of Ukrainian TPP capacity and 66% of CHP capacity.