Ukrainian Railways (UZ) has introduced a new mechanism to ensure uninterrupted power supply for freight and passenger routes.

According to the Railway Supply magazine, with reference to railfreight., 105 diesel generators will be installed at key points across the Ukrainian network and will serve as backup in case of power failures.

This implementation allows trains to continue operating even during power outages. The generators were supplied to UZ by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at a total cost of approximately $2.7 million.

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According to UZ, these generators can provide electricity to 100,000 consumers and will be used to power “traction substations, railway automation devices, and telecommunications.” In previous months, there have been frequent attacks by Russian forces on Ukraine’s energy system, likely aimed at targeting (tele)communication systems and hindering the movement of information, people, and possibly even goods.

Indeed, considering that only 46% of the Ukrainian railway network is electrified and there are critical lines, especially in the western part of the country, that ensure the uninterrupted operation of the supply chain within the country, ensuring energy supply is of vital importance. The diesel generators installed by Ukrainian Railways serve as a crucial backup system, enabling the continuous functioning of the railway infrastructure and preventing disruptions in freight and passenger transportation.

This measure helps maintain the reliability and resilience of the Ukrainian railway network, especially in the face of potential power outages or attacks on the energy system.

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