On Thursday, December 8, officials from the administration of U.S. president Joe Biden are meeting with executives of American oil and gas companies to discuss the ways they can help Ukraine’s energy system given Russia’s frequent missile attacks.
According to Reuters, the meeting will be attended by members of the Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council, which includes 26 trade associations.
"This meeting is part of DOE’s continued, proactive engagement with industry to ensure that they are prepared to provide steady and reliable energy to their customers at home, while exploring areas of collaboration to support our allies abroad," the energy department said.
Context. The Ukrainian energy system has already sustained eight massive missile attacks including yesterday’s. On December 5, energy facilities were hit in the Kyiv, Vinnytsia, and Odesa regions. As Ukraine’s power grid still experiences deficiency, emergency power outages have been introduced in a number of regions. At the same time, the Ukrenergo National Power Company is optimistic in its forecasts. The company expects that the system will be restored in two days and then switched to scheduled stabilization outages.
Many countries are helping Ukraine restore the energy facilities damaged by Russian missiles and drones. Besides money, they are sending equipment necessary for repair, in particular transformers.