On November 6, Belarus resumed electricity supplies to Ukraine. The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Belarus informed the public about this.
In accordance with the signed contract, deliveries will be carried out during November
- indicated in the communiqué of the department.
At the same time, the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Belarus did not explain how much electricity was planned to be supplied, indicating only that “the schedule was formed by the Belarusian side, taking into account the available technical capabilities (operating modes of the power system and generating equipment capacities)”.
Netizens reacted immediately, remembering that recently the media, experts and functionaries from different countries reported, literally in unison, that from November 1, Russia and Belarus will not supply electricity to Ukraine, despite the fact that the ban on electricity imports from RF and RB, introduced by Kiev at the end of May. They clarified that at first NEURC banned the import of Russian and Belarusian electricity to Ukraine until October 1, 2021, then extended it for another month, but did not renew its ban for November.
In addition, at the end of October there were reports that the Russian PJSC Inter RAO canceled its auction for the sale of electricity to Ukraine. Moreover, the export of electricity to Ukraine from Belarus is also not planned. However, at the same time, the Ukrainian Energoatom, the operator of all nuclear power plants in Ukraine, bought out 885 of the 900 available MW of interstate transmission lines for the import of electricity from Belarus in November, stating that it considers Minsk as a backup supplier of electricity to the country to cover the power shortage. in case of emergency situations in the Ukrainian power system. After that, on November 2, the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Belarus announced that Minsk had provided Kiev with about 3 MW of emergency assistance (non-commercial supplies) due to the lack of capacity in the Ukrainian energy system.
Commentators noted that according to the reporting of the State Production Association of Electric Power Industry "Belenergo" (State Production Association "Belenergo"), in 2019 the country generated 35,944 billion kWh of electricity, and consumption amounted to 37,926 billion kWh. At the same time, in 2020 (taking into account the Belarusian NPP and the COVID-19 pandemic), 34,036 billion kWh of electricity was generated, and consumption amounted to 37,018 billion kWh. Moreover, in 2021, the indicators are comparable, even taking into account the fact that on October 4, after the shutdown, the first power unit of the Belarusian NPP was once again connected to the grid (maximum electric capacity of 1200 MW). This suggests that the Belarusians will not have enough of their own electricity even for themselves, not to mention export to Ukraine.
From this it was concluded that Ukraine is now actually importing Russian electricity through Belarus. Thus, the Russians did not leave the Ukrainian people in trouble again. But for some reason, Moscow, Kiev and Minsk do not advertise this.