09:25 17.02.2017

Ukrainian power grid can stably operate without blackouts until mid-March

Ukrainian power grid will be able to stably operate without any blackouts until March 15-20, Ukrenergo Head Vsevolod Kovalchuk has said.

"We can guarantee that with the current temperatures and current operations no one would feel the concrete results of introducing the state of emergency until March 15 or March 20," he said on Facebook page of the company.

He said that anthracite coal stocks at warehouses of power generating companies are over 800,000 tonnes and at warehouses of thermal power plants (TPPs) – over 100,000 tonnes.

He said that the introduction of the state of emergency is intended not to have rotating blackouts, and if the situation worsens managed blackouts will be used.

He said that anthracite burning TPPs consume around 30,000 tonnes a day now and it is planned to bring the figure to 20,000 tonnes a day.

Kovalchuk also said that blackouts could be avoided after March 15 if households consume 10% less electricity in the peak hours and around 10% of industrial enterprises switch to operations at night.

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