Ukraine was urgently connected to the European power grid

They are still beating the same pulse. At 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, the Ukrainian electricity network connected to Russia was synchronized with the European network before the outbreak of war. This connection is a real technical and political achievement, to ensure the stability of the Ukrainian system and to come to its aid in the absence of electricity in the country.

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Ukraine is a member of the European Energy UnionWelcomed by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zhelensky. Henceforth, Ukrainian electricity is spreading in the EU and vice versa. “I salute the important step taken today to keep the lights burning and the houses warm in these dark times.” Ursula van der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, also responded.

The move was the result of a process that began many years ago, but was accelerated by the war. Although the connection should have been completed by 2023, finally everything was expedited. “In three weeks we have achieved what we need to do in a year and a half! », Glad, in a videoVolodymyr Kudrytskyi, CEO of Ukrenergo Network.

Exercise is scheduled for February 23rd

Since 2017, Ukraine has been asking to join the European plate. Then it does great work and resources to bring itself up to standard. “When you are connected to the network from Portugal to Turkey via Poland, you work the same way, with the same rules,” Laurent Rosseel, Regional Director of the European Network of Electricity Transmission System Operators (Entso-E) Continental Europe, explains. It’s like being in an orchestra, everyone has to play the same score. ⁇

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As part of this process, the country must carry out tests to see if its network can operate in a completely “isolated state” for three days. Training dates are long overdue: at 11pm on February 23, 2022, the country was cut off from Russia. Coincidentally or not, a few hours later, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an attack. “Despite the war, the Ukrainians carried out all the tests, which were unusual,” he said. He is also the Deputy Director of National Dispatch within the French Telecommunication Network (RTE). Says Roselle. We chatted with them on video and could hear the bombs behind them. “

On February 26, the Ukrainians decided not to reconnect with the Russian network for political and technical reasons. They then call for help and urgently ask to sync with the European network. Electrical network managers immediately engaged themselves in battle to resolve technical and legal issues, establish procedures, and create a secure communications system … Decided to sync. “It is important to do it technically, humanely and symbolically”, Xavier Peachesic, chairman of the RTE Board, believes.

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