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  • Five gas turbines and seven autotransformers: Japan continues to assist Ukraine’s energy sector
    Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, posted 08 January 2024 07:49

    In close coordination with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the Government of Japan will transfer seven high-voltage autotransformers and five gas turbines to Ukraine.

    In particular, the autotransformers were purchased with EBRD funds, and thanks to the efforts of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this large-sized energy equipment will be delivered to Ukraine. The gas turbines purchased by Japan will be delivered to Ukraine with significant support from UNDP and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

    The purchase and transfer of the equipment was announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Yōko Kamikawa during a meeting with Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko.

    The Head of the Ministry of Energy thanked the Japanese side for its support and readiness to continue to help Ukraine.

    “The support of Japan and colleagues from UNDP is very important for us in these difficult times. We are not only jointly implementing projects that help our energy system to survive now, but also have significant plans for cooperation and development of the future energy sector of Ukraine,” said German Galushchenko.

    The Minister also thanked Japan for the leadership demonstrated by the country during its presidency of the G7 and its participation in the work of the groups on the implementation of the Peace Formula of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in particular its first point – nuclear and radiation safety: “Ukraine and Japan are two countries that know from their own experience what the consequences of a nuclear accident are and how important it is to prevent such a thing at Zaporizhzhia NPP.”

    Yōko Kamikawa expressed her admiration for the strength of the Ukrainian people, noting that Ukrainians continued to fight for their nation, their families and a brighter future, despite all unjustified attempts to prevent this. The people and the Government of Japan highly appreciate the resilience of the nation and wish to be a reliable partner of Ukraine in these difficult times. It is planned to announce in the near future the provision of two additional autotransformers through UNDP to ensure the efficient and uninterrupted operation of the power grid.

    It is worth noting that the equipment provided by Japan will help ensure uninterrupted power supply to more than 6 million Ukrainians, including in areas affected by targeted russian attacks on energy infrastructure.

    This equipment is in line with Ukraine’s priorities in decentralisation and the green transition of the energy sector. In addition, the installation of autotransformers, the equipment most often destroyed by the enemy, strengthens the resilience of the power system.

    Christophoros Politis, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Ukraine, emphasised UNDP’s active support to the Government of Ukraine in its efforts to restore energy infrastructure.

    According to him, for the second year in a row, UNDP has been working hard with partners to help Ukraine prepare for potential energy threats, ensuring that everyone has light and heat in winter. The equipment provided is intended to catalyse Ukraine’s energy sector with innovative solutions, laying the foundation for a greener and more decentralised infrastructure. This contributes to the reliable distribution of electricity and strengthens the country’s commitment to sustainable development.

    In addition to the gas turbines and autotransformers, the Government of Japan and UNDP have already provided 1,200 generators and 1,000 power units to government agencies and emergency services in Ukraine.