UK, EU call for power equipment for Ukraine
UK and EU governments are highlighting the need for power equipment for Ukraine ahead of a harsh winter.
The UK government is calling on power equipment companies to supply energy equipment to the Energy Community Ukraine Taskforce as part of a £10 million contribution to the Energy Community Ukraine Support Fund. It says the UK is the largest donor to the Fund so far, sending 850 hospital generators and providing a financial guarantee for Ukraine’s state-owned energy provider.
The European Commission is coordinating a new aid delivery of over 1,800 tonnes in emergency assistance this month from member states, including energy equipment such as generators as part of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
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“The destruction of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is reaching a critical point. On the eve of winter, people are being cut off electricity and heating,” said Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management (above). “The EU is working around the clock to help sustain the electricity supply in Ukraine. Via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, we are delivering power generators and vital energy equipment to Ukraine.
This brings the total material aid channeled to Ukraine to 74,000 tonnes in the value of over €450 million and comes on top of the €523 million in financial humanitarian assistance already provided since Russia’s illegal invasion.
The latest support comes from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Sweden which includes energy supplies firefighting equipment, water trucks and buses amongst others. All EU Member States have sent support to Ukraine via the Mechanism.
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“Russia is trying to break us by shelling the energy infrastructure to leave Ukrainians on the eve of winter without heat and light. These days the support of international partners is more important than ever,” said Ukrainian Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko.
“The UK has been helping Ukraine’s energy sector since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Today it is making a significant contribution to the Energy Support Fund. This will make it possible to purchase the necessary equipment for our energy companies, which is difficult to do as a part of humanitarian aid,” he said.
The UK Energy Community Secretariat has been coordinating and transporting business-to-business donations of specialised energy equipment since March this year. The support will help with essential repairs to critical energy infrastructure following ongoing Russian attacks, and will reconnect households and key facilities to power supply.