Integration of Ukraine's electric power system with the European power networks is one of the crucial priorities for the development of the power industry of the country,  Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boiko has said on Thursday, UKRINFORM reported.

Boiko noted that the increasing interdependence of the countries that produce, transit and consume energy sources creates the necessity to develop partner relations, such as integration with the energy market of the European Union.

"One of the most important priorities in the development of electric power system in Ukraine is a synchronous connection of Ukraine's United Energy System with UCTE [now ENTSO-E, European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity -ed.]," Boiko emphasized.

According to him, the geographical position of Ukraine and a powerful network of transmission lines of interstate interfaces will become the basis for a parallel operation of the United Energy System of Ukraine with energy systems of the European Union.

"We are working in many directions. For example, the Fuel and Energy Ministry and the World Bank have already started to implement a program of reforming the energy sector of Ukraine, according to which it is planned to upgrade high voltage electrical networks, and introduce the pilot project on power unit control systems for thermal power plants in order to adapt their work to the requirements of the UCTE," Boiko said.

As reported, the Ukrainian government plans to raise a loan of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to the amount of EUR 175 million for the investment project "Construction of 750 kV Overhead Transmission Line Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant - Kakhovka".

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