Ukraine possesses sufficient energy resources to ensure a stable passage of the heating season, emphasized Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on the air of the Pravo na Vladu (the Right to Power – ed.) program on November 11.
"Nuclear energy today forms a base that will ensure a stable heating season. Currently, 11 nuclear units are operating. In late November - early December, 3 more will be put in operation after repair, and 14 units of nuclear power plants out of 15 available in Ukraine will operate throughout the entrie heating season. Never before have so many units in Ukraine worked simultaneously," explained Denys Shmyhal.
According to the Head of Government, presently there are almost 18 billion cubic meters of natural gas in Ukraine's gas storage facilities. He noted that the country uses an average of 8 billion cubic meters during the heating season.
"We have quite sufficient amount of gas for heating. We can also boast a powerful hydrogeneration. This year, another hydro-storage unit was launched at the Dniester HPP, which also strengthens the capacity of the Ukrainian power system," said Denys Shmyhal.
In addition, the Prime Minister said that a large-scale energy efficiency program would be implemented next year at the initiative of the President of Ukraine. He accentuated that heat losses in cities today are up to 60%.
"From heat production to its delivery to the battery, losses make up 60%. This means that we overpay 60% in the bills through outdated networks, old equipment and non-energy efficient buildings," the Head of Government urged.
According to Denys Shmyhal, the energy efficiency program, domestic gas production, and the development of nuclear energy are included in the Government's strategy to smoothly enter the heating season next year.