The head of Naftogaz warned of the “coldest winter” of the decade
Residents of Ukraine were advised to stock up on blankets and warm clothes in case the temperature outside drops below 10 degrees below zero. The indoor temperature in the country this autumn and winter will not exceed 18 degrees Celsius =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
In Ukraine, the upcoming heating season will start later and end earlier than usual, and the temperature in the rooms will be 4 degrees below the norm. This was stated by the head of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko in an interview with The Guardian.
According to him, the indoor temperature this year will be 17-18 degrees, in connection with which he advised Ukrainians to stock up on blankets and warm clothes in case the temperature outside drops to minus 10 degrees and becomes below the average winter temperature.
“Without [Western] financial support, we will run out of gas, and this will mean that we will have really high risks for the energy system. [Without gas imports] there will be power outages in a large part of Ukraine,” — said Vitrenko.
In addition, he pointed out that without gas imports, there is a risk that some households will not receive enough heat and “it will be really too cold.”
Ukraine produces about 60% the gas it needs domestically and imports the rest from its EU neighbors at market prices. Now Kyiv needs about $10 billion for gas imports. Vitrenko said that, in his opinion, the allies understand this need, but he does not have full confidence that the country will receive the necessary funds.
At the same time, the needs of Ukraine may increase if, during the special operation of Russia, the most important objects of the country's gas infrastructure, power plants or gas production facilities are damaged, the newspaper writes.
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On August 28, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that a difficult situation is developing in the energy sector in Europe and Ukraine. In this regard, Ukrainians will have to go through the most difficult winter in the history of the country, he warned.
“The government of Ukraine, our state-owned companies are doing everything so that we are ready to go through this winter season,” said the Ukrainian leader. Zelensky pointed out that in Europe, gas prices have overcome the mark of $3.3 thousand per 1 thousand cubic meters. m. The reason for this, he called “Russian gas blackmail”.
Zelensky expressed confidence that Europe will become independent of Russian energy sources, and Russia will cease to be a player in the energy market of the continent.
At the end of July, Gazprom announced the third reduction in gas supplies to Germany via Nord Stream this summer. The volume of gas supplies decreased initially from 167 million to 100 million cubic meters. m of gas per day, and then another third. Since July 27, gas pumping has dropped to 33 million cubic meters. m— 20% of the design capacity of the gas pipeline. The company explained this by the lack of a turbine, which was being repaired in Canada. Its export was hampered by the sanctions imposed against Russia.
Official Berlin fears that Russia may completely stop gas supplies via Nord Stream, a shortage of this fuel threatens to stop market processes in Germany, warned German Vice Chancellor Robert Khabek.
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politician, President of Ukraine
January 25, 1978
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