Britain’s gas transmission and distribution teams combine to help Ukraine energy networks

Britain’s gas transmission and distribution networks have combined to assemble key specialist components to help to repair and replace infrastructure damaged during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Teams from Cadent, National Grid Gas Transmission, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities, with further support from IGEM, have donated large-scale specialist equipment, gathered at an operational site in the East Midlands before being shipped to where it’s desperately needed in Ukraine.

The industry effort also received financial support from the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM), and engagement help from the Polish Government’s Strategic Reserve Agency ‘Help Ukraine’ scheme and the European Energy Community‘s Ukraine Support Task Force.

It’s been a massive collaborative effort, with some fantastic leadership demonstrated across the industry...

Jon Butterworth, CEO of National Grid Gas Transmission & Metering, said: “Our employees have been shocked and saddened by recent events in Ukraine and were motivated to help Ukrainian citizens and our counterparts in the Ukrainian energy sector, using our specialist expertise.

“It’s been a massive collaborative effort, with some fantastic leadership demonstrated across the industry, and I’m delighted that we were able to make this happen so quickly.

“Alongside the terrible human toll, the war has caused immense damage to Ukrainian energy infrastructure and has seriously disrupted the provision of warmth and energy to its citizens. We hope that our action in gathering equipment over the past few weeks can restore to civilians some of the infrastructure required to reinstate warmth and power, and we will continue to offer our skills and knowledge however we can.”