Russia’s military aggression has caused damage to the heat supply systems of Ukraine. The country’s working critical infrastructure is a manifestation of the Ukrainian people’s resilience against russia’s war. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) stands with Ukraine, helping to rebuild its energy infrastructure and enabling Ukrainians to go through the most difficult winter of Ukraine’s independence.
On December 15, 2022, USAID, through its Energy Security Project, completed the delivery of steel pre-insulated pipes, fittings, valves, and other special equipment to Ternopil, supporting the resilience of the Ternopil’s district heating system and ensuring the continuity of heat supply to consumers. This assistance aims to completely integrate and provide mutual backup of the city’s eight largest heat energy sources, three of which use local alternative fuels in case of an emergency. The integration will save and reserve the city’s heat sources, enabling uninterrupted heat supply in case of a no-gas scenario and heat energy production from alternative local fuels to 93% of consumers, approximately a quarter of which are internally displaced people, temporarily located in Ternopil.
Provided by USAID, the steel pipes, fittings, valves, and other special equipment, will enable “TERNOPILMISKTEPLOCOMUNENERGO” to increase the capacity of the city’s district heating system to stay fully functional in case of gas supply interruption and possible destruction of critical infrastructure. Special connectors will allow smooth and complete integration of the system, ensuring reliable heat supply to three densely populated city districts with several hospitals and places of temporary heating for Ternopil’s inhabitants.
This assistance, worth about USD 982,000, will increase the resilience, efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of the heat supply system of Ternopil, enabling an uninterrupted heat and hot water supply to 112,000 consumers.