The Continental European TSOs are pleased to announce that Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian TSO, has achieved compliance with the key technical requirements necessary to enable a permanent interconnection between the power systems of Continental Europe and Ukraine.
The Synchronisation project with Ukrenergo began in 2017, with the signing of the Agreement on Conditions for the Future Interconnection of the power system of Ukraine with the power system of Continental Europe. Today’s announcement signals the full implementation of the conditions included in this Agreement.
On 16 March 2022, an emergency synchronisation was achieved as a signal of solidarity between the Continental European TSOs and Ukrenergo. Since then, Ukrenergo has made extraordinary efforts, under difficult wartime conditions, to achieve full compliance with the operational rules.
The Continental European TSOs have also decided to increase the capacity limit for electricity trade from Continental Europe to Ukraine and Moldova to 1,700 megawatts, based on system security and stability simulations, reflecting an increase of 500 MW from the previous limit.
Mr Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, CEO of Ukrenergo, noted:
We greatly appreciate today’s decision and I’m sure that this achievement will help to significantly increase the flexibility and reliability of our grid operation and create conditions for expanding cooperation. This is the result of many years of persistent work, which has been particularly challenging since the outbreak of full-scale war. We are grateful to ENTSO-E for its continued support and trust throughout this process.
ENTSO-E President Zbyněk Boldiš said:
ENTSO-E welcomes the new level of cooperation between the Continental European TSOs and Ukrenergo. This development not only enhances regional energy security, but also promotes a more integrated and efficient energy market. It also underlines our ongoing efforts to ensure a resilient and integrated electricity network and to foster cooperation among European TSOs.
From left to right: Vitalii Zaichenko (Ukrenergo’s Chief Operation Officer), Albino Marques (Coordinator for the Continental Europe region of the Operations Committee of ENTSO-E), Glib Didychenko (Ukrenergo’s Head of ENTSO-E Integration Office) and Olivier Arrivé (ENTSO-E’s Chair of System Operations Committee)
ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, is the association for the cooperation of the European transmission system operators (TSOs). The 39 member TSOs, representing 35 countries, are responsible for the secure and coordinated operation of Europe’s electricity system, the largest interconnected electrical grid in the world. In addition to its core, historical role in technical cooperation, ENTSO-E is also the common voice of TSOs.
Ukrenergo is the transmission system operator for electricity in Ukraine. The company performs the functions of operational and technological control of the integrated power system of Ukraine, as well as electricity transmission by trunk power grids from generation to distribution networks. Ukrenergo ensures technical capability of electricity exports and imports with the neighbouring countries. In the Ukrainian electricity market, Ukrenergo performs the functions of Commercial Metering Administrator and Settlements Administrator.