One of the biggest problems on the territories of Lugansk Region controlled by Ukrainian authorities is that some areas get out of power for few hours everyday. So private companies and regular people suffer from that. The Governor of Lugansk Region Henadiy Moskal met with reporters to talk about this problem.
Moskal said that to cover the needs of Lugansk Region they need 500 MW of electric power. Usually that power was generated by Power plant in Shchastya city that belongs to DTEK power generating company. But because of military activity the fuel for the power plant, “Antratsit” coal, was left on occupied by pro-Russian terrorists of LPR (Lugansk People’s Republic) territory. There is already 1.4 million metric tons of coal, but it is impossible to transport it to the power plant even in terrorists allow to do that as the railways were damaged in several places. Now the power plant gets the coal only from one coal mine in Gukovo village and that coal mine belongs to DTEK. The coal mine works 24 hours a day, but there is still not enough coal. Because of not enough supply only 2 out of 4 power generating blocks are operating and they generate only 350 MW of electric power. That is not enough for Lugansk Region, so when the consumption (specially when it gets colder) some areas automatically get disconnected from power. Another thing is that Lugansk Region is disconnected from Energy System of Ukraine and works autonomously. That is because terrorists damaged major power lines in Bahmutka and Vesela Hora. Terrorists refuse to let the workers go there to fix the power lines. So the government already started the power and heating generating plant in Severodonetsk city. In few days it will get to maximum output level and will be generating 80 MW. On Monday the Regional Government plans to connect Lysychansk city to Energy System of Ukraine, technically that is possible, that will get additional 40 MW. So Lugansk Region will be getting 470 MW from 500 MW that it needs. We hope that the situation will stabilize and apartment buildings won’t be cut off from electricity as it happens now from time to time.