War-torn Ukraine exports electricity to Europe

Ukraine’s electricity lines

Ukraine's electricity lines

War-torn Ukraine has begun exporting electricity to Europe, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.

“The long-awaited export of Ukrainian electricity to Europe has begun,” Shmyhal wrote on Telegram on Thursday.

Shmyhal said the first flows of Ukraine’s electricity went to Romania at an initial capacity of 100 megawatts.

In the future, Ukraine aims to increase the capacity of electricity flows to Europe to 2.5 gigawatts, he said.

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According to Shmyhal, Ukraine has the potential to earn about 2.4 billion U.S. dollars per year from electricity exports to European countries.

In March, Ukraine’s electricity grid was synchronised with the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity.

Apart from Romania, all the required Ukrainians lines are ready to export electricity to Hungary, Slovakia and Poland, said Lana Zerkal, an adviser to the energy minister.

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