Ukrainian power grid will be able to stably operate without any blackouts until March 15-20, Ukrenergo Head Vsevolod Kovalchuk has said.
“We can guarantee that with the current temperatures and current operations no one would feel the results of introducing the state of emergency until March 15 or March 20,” he said on Facebook page of the company.
He said that anthracite coal stocks at warehouses of power generating companies were over 800,000 tons and at warehouses of thermal power plants (TPPs) – over 100,000 tons.
He said that the introduction of the state of emergency was intended not to have rotating blackouts, and if the situation worsened managed blackouts would be used.
He said that anthracite burning TPPs consumed around 30,000 tons a day now and it was planned to bring the figure to 20,000 tons a day.
Kovalchuk also said that blackouts could be avoided after March 15, if households consumed 10% less electricity in the peak hours and around 10% of industrial enterprises switched to operations at night. (Interfax/Business World Magazine)