This March 16, at the end of the morning, the Ukrainian electricity system was connected to the European system, announced Ukrenergo and the Entso-E association which brings together European network managers – including RTE.
Ukraine and Moldova are now synchronized with all the countries on the continental European plate (from Portugal to Turkey, excluding the United Kingdom, Ireland, Baltic countries and Scandinavian countries).
Made in the space of a few weeks, in response to Ukraine’s request, this connection was a technical challenge. It marks European solidarity in the field of energy.
European electricity transmission system operators can now support Ukraine electrically in the event of difficulty. They will thus be able to help stabilize the Ukrainian electricity system and, if there is a lack of electricity production in Ukraine, meet a demand for the supply of emergency electricity.
Previously connected to Russia, Ukraine’s electricity grid had been isolated since Thursday, February 24. This presented a risk to the stability of their electrical system. Moldova, supplied by the Ukrainian network, is also affected by this connection to the European network.