“Thanks to Ukrainian electricity, a significant part of the Russian gas used by European consumers can be replaced”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the launching of power transmissions to Romania was the start of a process that could help Europe reduce its dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.
The president said the start of exports was “another significant step in our movement toward the European Union.”
“Thanks to Ukrainian electricity, a significant part of the Russian gas used by European consumers can be replaced. This is therefore not just a question of export earnings for us but a question of security for all of Europe. Let me remind you that linking our country to the common EU energy system took place already after the war began. Ukraine is doing things now that once seemed impossible,” Zelenskyy said.
Ukraine reached an agreement in mid-March 2022 to join the European Network of Transmission System Operators (Entso-E) as an observer after its grid was linked to the one of the EU.
The Entso-E said this week that preparations had been completed for the first exports from Ukraine, together with power from ex-Soviet state Moldova, starting on June 30, 2022, using an interconnection with Romania.