Today, the Energy Community Security of Supply Coordination Group convened for an emergency meeting to support Ukraine and Moldova following the Russian attack on Ukrainian territory. Implications on the energy security of these and the other Energy Community Contracting Parties and EU Member States were discussed.
Ukraine and Moldova presented the current state of their energy systems and their specific emergency needs and how best the delivery of such assistance could be coordinated. Concrete actions to be taken in the short, medium and long term to provide practical assistance to Ukraine and Moldova as well as strengthen the resilience of the European energy system were discussed.
Ukraine confirmed its continued efforts to fulfil obligations for the transit of Russian gas through its territory, which stands at the maximum contracted level. Coordinated technical and regulatory measures were discussed to enable reverse flow on the Trans-Balkan Pipeline towards Ukraine under the South-East European Gas Initiative (SEEGAS). The Secretariat has also established an emergency gas traders group to identify opportunities to supply gas along the southern route in the short term. The Ukrainian side expressed a need for supply of other fuels such as coal and diesel.
It was underlined that the electricity systems of Ukraine and Moldova proved their reliability and stability during isolated mode operation in spite of the extremely challenging circumstances. The need for an accelerated emergency synchronisation of electricity systems of Ukraine and Moldova with the Continental Europe power system was underlined in order to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply including safe operation of nuclear power plants in Ukraine. In view of the developments, the decision by ENTSO-E should be taken as soon as possible.