US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken swore Tuesday again to “work tirelessly with the G7 and other partners to repair, replace and defend Ukraine’s energy infrastructure” as it faces the chill of Russian attacks.
But this effort will not come without challenges.
The initial shipment of American electrical equipment, which a U.S. official told CNN includes major items such as circuit breakers, relays, disconnectors, arrived in Ukraine more than a week ago – the Biden administration’s order to power Ukraine. The provision is part of a multi-million dollar commitment to help. system
However, as the U.S. and its partners try to get the capital city of Kyiv the supplies it needs to keep electricity and heat this winter, they have faced supply chain problems around the world, the U.S. said the official.
There is a global effort to address this, the official explained, and the U.S. is working with the private sector to narrow the gap in equipment, but with current supply chain issues, so much more There is no supply.
Other challenges: The official told CNN that some “big-ticket” items used in the United States are incompatible in Ukraine, as they are designed to operate on different frequency grids.
The U.S. hopes that the provision of air defense systems will help counter Russian attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, so that equipment provided by the U.S. and partners is not destroyed.
By attacking infrastructure, the Russians have made defending and restoring the grid much more complicated, the official explained, because there are more places where the system could go down than if they attacked a power plant.
In the short term, the US is trying to find items that the Ukrainians have prioritized, such as large gas generators. The US official said the generators would not be used to power individual homes, but to maintain critical utilities such as water and heat despite power outages.
The official explained that whenever the electrical grid is repaired, it can’t be run at full capacity immediately or risk bursting, so Ukrainian authorities are likely to have a blackout until then. will be needed until they can ensure that the electrical grid can sustain itself. said.