Ukraine wants to support Germany, Europe’s largest economy, in efforts to end its reliance on energy imports from Russia by providing resources from its own electricity surplus, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal, who is visiting Berlin, said.
“Currently, Ukraine exports electricity to the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Poland. But we are ready to expand our exports to Germany as well. Thanks to our nuclear power plants, Ukraine has enough electricity,” said Prime Minister Denis Schmihal, during his visit to Berlin. Agerpres said that they will raise this issue when
Şmîhal began a visit to Germany on Saturday and will meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholes on Sunday.
In the wake of the Russian invasion that began at the end of February, Ukraine, along with the Republic of Moldova, was cut off from the electricity grid connected to Russia, and in mid-March, Ukraine’s electricity grid was connected to the European grid. . Since then, Ukraine exports 400 to 700 MW of electricity per day to the EU and the Republic of Moldova.
Şmîhal now wants his country to multiply its exports to the EU. “It will be very good for both sides. The EU will gain more power, and we will get more currency, which we urgently need,” explained the Ukrainian prime minister.
Electricity consumption in Ukraine has fallen sharply since the beginning of the Russian invasion, due to both a mass exodus of the population and a shrinking economy. This led to an increase in Ukraine’s electricity export capacity.
Ukraine manages 14 GW of nuclear power plants. However, all six reactors at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant have been under the control of Russian troops since March. The international community is deeply concerned that fighting near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant could lead to a nuclear accident.
Germany, for its part, is the main “victim” of games played by Gazprom, using gas as a weapon in response to EU sanctions imposed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Gazprom on Friday postponed the resumption of gas supplies through the Nord Stream pipeline, which supplies mainly Germany, citing new technical problems. Germany, on the other hand, has closed many of its nuclear power plants and wants to switch to renewable energy.
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