Hundreds more mobile generators to supply vital energy to Ukraine

  • More than 850 generators in total will help run rescue centers, hospitals, telephone towers and water pumping stations
  • new generators – enough to power the equivalent of around 8,000 homes – will be used for essential services in the face of ongoing destruction in eastern Ukraine
  • the government is also easing rules on support for foreign fossil fuels to boost Ukraine’s vital energy supply

Hospitals, shelters and other essential services will be given more power to operate in the face of ongoing Russian attacks with another 287 mobile generators donated by the UK government.

This follows a request from Ukrainian Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko who hailed the previous delivery of generators saying “The light will always prevail over the darkness”.

This brings the total number of UK Government generators to Ukraine to 856.

This follows an initial 569 generators from 5 UK companies who have all supplied mobile units to help Ukraine.

The new generators – enough to power the equivalent of around 8,000 additional homes – will be used for larger buildings such as hospitals and shelters following the brutal onslaught in eastern Ukraine. The government bought them from Merseyside-based supplier Speedy Hire, and some of the 287 are being loaded at a depot in Stoke-on-Trent.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:

Putin’s atrocities have continued to escalate, and so we are strengthening our support for the people of Ukraine in this difficult time. Our donation of 287 additional generators will ensure that more essential services in Ukraine can continue to operate.

Russell Down, Managing Director of Speedy, said:

Our position as the UK’s leading supplier of tools and equipment has enabled us to respond quickly and help the UK government support the people of Ukraine.

The generators will be delivered to a Polish government center. From there, the Ukrainian government and the country’s energy networks will distribute the generators across the country to where they are needed most.

As part of the continued effort to support Ukraine, the UK government has also introduced 2 time-limited exemptions to its international fossil fuel support policy, one applying to Ukraine and the other to Eastern Europe. The policy prevents the UK from providing any new direct financial or promotional support to the fossil fuel sector overseas. These exemptions were introduced to allow the UK to meet Ukraine’s power and energy needs.

This means the UK will be able to join international efforts to address the impact of the crisis in Ukraine on regional energy security and respond quickly to requests for assistance. These temporary measures could see the UK supporting Ukraine to ensure there is enough fuel for vehicles involved in food production and other basic services, and to help build up fuel reserves. energy before winter.

However, the UK is clear that longer-term solutions in the region and globally must focus on clean energy, to avoid a long-term reliance on fossil fuels. Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the vulnerability caused by our reliance on fossil fuels. Accelerating the shift to clean energy generation is the most effective path to climate and energy security.

Notes to Editors

Suppliers for the initial 569 generators include:

  • Generator power
  • North West Electricity
  • power of the woods
  • SP energy networks
  • Finishing

Members of the Ukrainian Power Grid Support Working Group include:

  • Energy Networks Association
  • North West Electricity
  • Western Power Distribution
  • UK power grids
  • Northern Power Grid
  • Scottish and southern power grids
  • SP energy networks
  • National Electricity Grid Operator
  • National electricity transmission network

On March 31, 2021, the UK government implemented its policy of no longer providing any new direct financial or promotional support to the fossil fuel sector overseas.

About Speedy Hire Plc

Founded in 1977, Speedy is the UK’s leading provider of tool and equipment hire services to a wide range of customers in the construction, infrastructure and industrial markets, as well as trade and industry. local industry.

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