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  • Support for the energy sector and preparation for next winter: meeting between German Galushchenko and Japanese Ambassador Matsuda Kuninori
    Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, posted 17 April 2024 19:37

    Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Matsuda Kuninori. The parties discussed the needs of the Ukrainian energy sector after the recent russian attacks and the areas of deepening cooperation to prepare for the next heating season.

    The Head of the Ministry of Energy briefed the Ambassador on the consequences of the recent enemy attacks, stressing that the most damaged were the manoeuvring heat and hydro generation facilities.

    “The situation is quite complicated. And while we can rely on solar and wind generation in the spring and summer, we need to look for additional solutions for the autumn and winter. The fastest solution is distributed generation, the implementation of which will allow us to meet local needs,” the Minister said.

    German Galushchenko thanked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for its assistance in increasing the capacity of distributed generation.

    At the same time, the Minister underlined that, given the enemy’s attempts to completely destroy manoeuvring capacities, Ukraine needed to increase the volume of assistance in this area.

    He also thanked Japan for the technical and humanitarian assistance provided to Ukraine to protect and restore its energy infrastructure after the enemy attacks.

    Since the start of russia’s full-scale military invasion, Ukraine has received 12 shipments from Japan totalling over 113 tonnes, including more than 250 backup power plants and service kits for generators.

    Matsuda Kuninori assured that Japan was ready to continue supporting the Ukrainian energy sector and share its experience in implementing leading technologies in the industry.

    The Head of the Ministry of Energy also emphasised the need for generators as an alternative source of power to meet the needs of consumers. This is particularly important for Kharkiv region, for example, which suffers from constant enemy attacks.

    The meeting also focused on ensuring and upgrading the protection of energy infrastructure facilities.

    German Galushchenko thanked Japan for its co-chairing of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Working Group and efforts within the framework of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula. The parties discussed further cooperation to implement the objectives of the initiative.