Latvia donates transformer to Ukraine with EU support 
January 9, 2023

Latvia donates transformer to Ukraine with EU support 


Latvia, in cooperation with the EU, has donated a three-phase 110 kV transformer to Ukraine. 

The 54-tonne back-up transformer was donated by the state-owned electric utility company Latvenergo. The transformer has been refurbished and maintained in excellent working order and is therefore still usable in the power system. It will be used to restore the Ukrainian power system after Russian military attacks.

In response to a request from Latvenergo and the State Fire and Rescue Service, the delivery of the equipment to Ukraine was coordinated by the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) of the European Union, in cooperation with the Energy Community Secretariat as well as the Polish Strategic Reserve Agency (RARS). The transportation of the transformer was financed by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

“Thanks to the generosity of Latvenergo, the 110kV transformer will make a real difference to the stability of the electricity grid and tens of thousands of Ukrainian families lacking electricity supply in the midst of winter,” said Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Artur Lorkowski. “From day one of the war, the Secretariat has been active in supporting Ukraine in keeping its energy infrastructure functional. We assist donors of emergency energy equipment and tools in every step of the way and, together with our partners, make sure that all donations reach Ukraine as quickly as possible.”

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