The Ukrainian electricity grid is "connected" to the European grid

Posted 17 March, 2022

The Ukrainian electricity network is now "connected" to the European network, which should help preserve its stability and operation despite the war, the European Union and Ukraine announced on Wednesday.

"We had committed to it, it's done: the Ukrainian electricity network, which has been operating since the start of the war in isolated mode, has been connected since this morning to the European network", wrote on Twitter Barbara Pompili, the French Minister for the Ecological Transition, of which the country holds the rotating presidency of the EU.

Europe recently studied an urgent request from Ukraine for this synchronization of electricity networks, which facilitates exchanges between countries and in particular makes it easier to overcome a problem of electricity supply in one of them.

"This will help Ukraine keep its electricity system stable, heat homes, and keep the lights on in this dark time," said EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson.

"Ukraine has become a member of the European energy union," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a tweet. "From now on, Ukrainian electricity flows in the European Union and vice versa", he underlined.

Ukraine was synchronized with the Russian power grid until its invasion and then operated autonomously.

The Moldovan electricity grid is now also connected to the European grid, the Commission said.

Entso-E, the association of European electricity transmission system operators, for its part, underlined in a press release the "success" of the synchronization of Moldova and Ukraine with continental Europe.

It is an "acceleration" of a process that had been under consideration since 2017 but was rushed due to the war.

The area covered by Entso-E goes beyond the borders of the EU and includes some 35 countries from Iceland to Cyprus.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hailed "common values, common electricity" between Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. "We will continue to work to stabilize their electrical system," she said.

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