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Companies in Ukraine can now import power directly from neighboring countries, government says

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Industrial electricity consumers in Ukraine can now import power from neighboring countries to offset power disruptions caused by Russian attacks, severe weather and other disturbances, the Ukrainian government said.

Companies that import electricity will not be subject to any energy supply restrictions except for "special emergency cut-off schedules" meant to "prevent a systemic failure of the integrated energy system," the government said.

"In order to help domestic businesses operate stably in the event of an electricity shortage, the Government has made it possible to import electricity from neighboring countries – Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Poland,” Ukrainian Economy Minister Yuliia Svyrydenko said.

The announcement comes after the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) said it would make permanent an interconnection with Ukraine's system to stabilize electricity supply.

The permanent connection follows six years of testing and preparation in which Ukrainian state grid operator Ukrenergo "made extraordinary efforts, under difficult wartime conditions, to achieve full compliance with the operational rules," ENTSO-E said in a press release Nov. 28.

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