Halted electricity exports from Ukraine have had no significant effect on the Slovak electricity transmission network. Igor Gallo, the spokesman for the national electricity transmission network operator, Slovenská Elektrizačná Prenosová Sústava (SEPS) told the SITA newswire, “The situation has not changed; the shutoff does not have any influence on the management of the electricity transmission network.”
He said that the current need of electricity export to Slovakia was only roughly 5 MW on March 2 based on the country’s current electricity consumption of 3,550 MW. The spokesman said SEPS was able to cover the difference from its own sources.
Gallo said that Slovakia received no Ukrainian electricity on Tuesday but he was not able to say whether the export was cut off due to the announced shortage of coal. “It is difficult to say whether it is the result of a coal shortage or of the fact that traders did not plan to import electricity from Ukraine,” he said.
Hungary, Romania and Slovakia will not receive Ukrainian electricity for at least a month due to a coal shortage, an energy official said, but Ukraine’s Fuel and Energy Ministry said that the shutoff, which could end by April 1, occurred because no Ukrainian firms put in bids to sell the electricity due to a coal shortage in Ukraine. “It was no longer profitable for the firms to carry out the exports,” the spokesman said. The amounts represent a small share of the countries’ electricity markets and the shutoff did not appear to have much of an impact. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Mar 2010 at 14:00