DTEK Energy restores eight power units of thermal power plants after shelling and, in general, fully prepared for winter – CEO
DTEK Energy welcomes the start of the heating season with full readiness, having, in particular, restored eight power units of thermal power plants after shelling, reactivated two more and completed scheduled repairs at 20 units.
"Eight power units of the thermal power plant were restored after the shelling. To compensate for the fact that it will not be possible to repair before the winter, two additional power units were reactivated. This is 500 MW more to the power system capacity," DTEK Energy CEO Ildar Saleev wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
According to him, in total, DTEK Energy plans to repair 27 power units by the end of 2023, almost doubling the costs of the planned repair campaign compared to the previous year – to UAH 3.9 billion.
In addition, in case of new attacks, the company has created a stock of critical equipment in the amount of 170 units worth UAH 1.3 billion and stocked up on 224 powerful generators, which will become backup power sources for thermal power plants and coalmines.
"We also took care of the physical protection of thermal power plants. It should reduce the consequences of enemy shelling. This, of course, is not a panacea for all attacks, so we rely, first of all, on the preventive power of the Ukrainian air defense," the CEO said.
As he said, the company has doubled investments in coal mining this year to UAH 7.4 billion. In preparation for winter, DTEK Energy launched 21 new coal faces and plans to launch five more by the end of the year.
"We are also creating an additional safety margin for the winter. To do this, we import coal from abroad. To date, 53,000 tonnes have been delivered from Poland. The plan for the winter period is 210,000 tonnes," Saleev wrote.
DTEK Energy also supported the needs of miners in mining equipment, producing 695 units of it, as well as producing 14 new combines and 931,000 spare parts and components.
"And we did all this, despite almost fifty attacks on our thermal power plants. Despite 25 hits, after each of which power engineers constantly resumed operation of the plants. Despite 1.4 GW of lost capacity in the past heating season," the CEO said.