The photo, released on Jan. 18, 2019, shows the power lines near the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant in western Ukraine.

Photo by Rivne Nuclear Power Plant press-service

Ukraine on Oct. 1, resumed commercial import of electricity from the Russian Federation, Ukrenergo transmission system operator has told the Interfax-Ukraine agency.

The company noted that in accordance with Articles 38 and 39 of the law on the electricity market, the transmission system operator is obliged to provide non-discriminatory access to the grids.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, on Oct. 1 import of electricity from the Russian Federation on a flat schedule with a capacity of 100 MW was carried out by United Energy LLC.

In 2019, United Energy signed several contracts on gas supply for JSC Dniproazot (part of Privat Group), and in August-September of this year it participated in tenders for the supply of electricity for the Surkis brothers’ Prykarpattiaoblenergo facilities.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Sept. 18 approved the amendment of MP Andriy Gerus to the law of Ukraine on the electricity market and allowed buying electricity under bilateral agreements from the countries that are not members of the European Energy Community. Gerus explained the need for his corrections by improving competition in the country’s electricity market, which could lead to lower electricity prices for industrial consumers.

Ukraine last carried out commercial imports of energy from Russia in 2015 under a contract between Ukrinterenergo and Inter RAO for further transmission to Crimea. The contract was valid through 2015 and envisaged the steady delivery of up to 1.5 GW of electricity. It was not renewed.

Ukraine imported 178 million kWh of power from Russia in 2014 and 2.296 billion in 2015. Since then, there have not been commercial imports, only small technical crossflows related to the parallel work of Ukraine’s power system and those of adjacent countries under Energomarket contracts.

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