“Since the outbreak of the full-scale Russian invasion, Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has become one of the major targets for the enemy,” declared Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, Chairman of the Management Board at Ukrenergo.
Ukrenergo is Ukraine’s National Grid operator that manages high-voltage power grids and substations nationwide. Ukrenergo joined the Energize Ukraine initiative launched by the Ukrainian World Congress to restore damaged energy facilities in Ukraine.
“Almost half of the high voltage infrastructure in Ukraine was seriously damaged or destroyed. Today, more than 1500 of our employees in 70 mobile repair teams work 24/7 without days off to restore the damaged energy objects,” stated Kudrytskyi.
As damaged Ukrainian infrastructure approaches the summer season, preparing it for the upcoming winter is crucial, especially during wartime. Preparing for the heating season is challenging, and the scope of work has increased manifold. The prompt delivery of equipment, materials, and repair teams to energy facilities is essential to carry out restoration work quickly.
These power facilities are outside populated areas without paved roads, requiring off-road travel through fields, forests, and hills. The vast distances across diverse landscapes pose a significant challenge.
Furthermore, Ukrenergo has lost many vehicles due to hostilities and enemy shelling. This makes the need for transport and special equipment critical for the efficient performance of professional duties.
We urgently seek mobile trains, car bulldozers, off-road trucks, excavators, pickups, tractor units, and trailers. We hope North American energy companies can respond to our request and help us find the necessary automotive and special equipment to prepare Ukraine’s power system for the next heating season.
“We hope that by uniting our efforts, we will be able to keep the lights on for millions of Ukrainians,” concluded Volodymyr Kudrytskyi.
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