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The European Union (EU) is reportedly planning to expedite its power-grid link with Ukraine following the launch of military operations by Russia against Ukraine.
Reuters reported that the EU’s move would be expected to increase energy security in Ukraine.
Ukraine has already begun testing the integration of its power grid system with the European electricity network by decoupling its power link with Russia.
The move is intended to remove Russian control over grid frequency and other aspects of the Ukrainian energy network.
In a tweet, EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said: “Hopefully the technical work toward synchronisation with continental Europe can continue unaffected by the Russian attack.
“I will ask ENTSO and the member states tomorrow for their support to complete the emergency synchronisation as quickly as possible.”
Simson said that she would seek support from other EU nations in establishing an emergency connection with Ukraine.
According to a document cited by Reuters, energy ministers in EU countries would also explore possibilities to support the Ukrainian energy sector.
Ukraine is said to be one of Europe’s largest consumers of energy, with 55% of the nation’s energy requirements being met through four nuclear power plants.
Germany is also reportedly considering expanding the lifespans of its coal-fired and nuclear power plants to reduce its dependency on Russian gas.
The country previously planned to phase-out its coal-based power plants by 2030 and its nuclear power plants by the end of this year.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced measures intended to help Germany meet its increasing energy demands and diversify away from Russian gas, which supplies nearly 50% of the country’s energy needs.
At a special session of the Bundestag, Scholz said: “The events of the past few days have shown us that responsible, forward-looking energy policy is decisive not only for our economy and the environment. It is also decisive for our security.”