Europe connects its power grid to Ukraine and Moldova

Europe connects its power grid to Ukraine and Moldova

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By Nick Flaherty

The electricity grids of Ukraine and Moldova have been successfully connected to the Continental European Grid in a rush project.

This will help Ukraine to keep their electricity system stable, with energy for heating and lighting during the current war in the region where other sources of energy such as nuclear power stations in the region can be cut off.

“This project has shown extraordinary cooperation and determination from everyone involved. I want to thank the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO E) for doing a year’s work in two weeks to make this happen,” said Kadri Simson, the EU Commissioner for Energy. “It is also a historic milestone for the EU-Ukraine relationship – in this area, Ukraine is now part of Europe.

On 27 February 2022, Continental Europe transmission system operators (TSOs) received an urgent request from Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian TSO, for an emergency synchronization. This would see the Ukrainian power system, including the Burshtyn island, connected to the Continental Europe power system. The following day, the TSO in neighbouring Modova, Moldelectrica, also submitted a request for emergency synchronisation in line with the Ukrenergo request.

Identification of the conditions for urgent synchronisation included the assessment of Protection and Dynamic Stability, Operations and Markets, Legal and Regulatory and Information Technology including Cybersecurity.

“I want to thank the French Presidency of the Council and Member States for their support to this project that is not without risks,” said Simson. “And I want to thank our Ukrainian partners – Minister Galushchenko and Ukrenergo in particular – for their heroic efforts in keeping the Ukrainian energy systems working in the middle of a terrible war.”

The EU says it will continue to support Ukraine in the energy sector by ensuring the reverse flows of gas to the country and the delivery of energy supplies that are badly needed.

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