Russia blows up Kakhovka HPP: how it will affect food security and energy in Ukraine
The occupants' undermining of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant will affect the situation in the Ukrainian energy system and food security. At the same time, emergency blackouts will not be applied.
This was said by former Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Ivan Plachkov in a commentary to OBOZREVATEL. He noted that the consequences of waterlogging will be big.
"The consequences are quite large, because the territories will be flooded, and I think there will be problems with water supply. The whole energy infrastructure can also be flooded, it concerns distribution networks - substations, power lines, etc. So the situation there is serious," said the former Minister.
He added that the situation at Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant is also very serious. We are talking about cooling of safety systems.
Will the lights be turned off in Ukraine?
Emergency shutdowns will probably not apply because of the HPP blowout. "As of today, neither ZNPP nor Kakhovka was in operation, emergency shutdowns may only occur in the waterlogged zone," Plachkov explained.
Ukrenergo said that the damage caused did not affect the stable operation of the power system. The company together with Ukrhydroenergo are controlling the situation, the risks are being assessed.
"The hydroelectric power plant has been occupied and mined by the Russians since the first days of the aggression, technological connection with it has been lost, and no power has been supplied to the controlled territory of Ukraine from it. At present, the electricity production is sufficient to cover the needs of consumers," stressed Ukrenergo.
OBOZREVATEL earlier reported that on the night of June 6, Russian war criminals blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant several kilometers from the temporarily occupied town of Nova Kakhovka. As a result of the destruction of the dam and the station not to be restored, the water in the Kakhovka reservoir began to rapidly decrease and more than 80 settlements were at risk of being flooded.