Equipment will be used to support the restoration of heat supply to 250 houses.
A shipment from Danfoss containing two tons of equipment has been delivered to the Kharkiv communal heating supply company to help in the restoration of heat supply to 250 residential houses.
This donation of equipment, consisting of fittings, valves and actuators, comes just a few weeks after Danfoss shipped equipment to the Ukrainian cities of Mykolayiv and Chernihiv to support the restoration of district heating systems and provide heating and hot water to its citizens.
The City of Kharkiv is suffering one of the most intense shellings since the war has broken out. By the beginning of June, at least 7% of its district heating infrastructure had been already damaged or destroyed.
Oleksiy Luka, deputy technical director of Kharkiv heating networks says: “We have been in an established partnership with Danfoss for a long time. I cannot overemphasize the fact that in these difficult times they were first to lend a helping hand and donate the most needed equipment”.
Due to diversification of heat generation sources, a modern district heating system removes dependence on natural gas, and ensures the reliability and efficiency of the heating supply. Therefore, along with bringing critical needs before the heating season, it is now necessary to plan how to rebuild the district heating system of Kharkiv and other cities in a better way.
When the war broke out, Danfoss suspended business activities in the country for safety reasons while keeping all Ukrainian colleagues on the payroll. But from late April and onwards, we have resumed deliveries to Ukraine.
“It is important for us to continue supporting the people of Ukraine as well as our Ukrainian colleagues and customers,” says Danfoss President, East Europe Region. Adam Jedrzejczak. “We believe it is the right thing to do. Also, our products will have a positive impact. In fact, they are key to rebuild infrastructure in district energy, water and wastewater treatment, commercial and residential buildings and other areas.”
Danfoss has 88 Ukrainian colleagues and while most of them have opted to stay in their country, others have evacuated along with their families. Danfoss have offered them jobs and housing in Poland and other countries where the company has factories.
Less than a month after the attack, Danfoss’ main shareholder – The Bitten & Mads Clausen Foundation – donated one million EUR to support Ukrainian families and communities affected by the war. The money has been divided between the Danish Red Cross, Save the Children, and the Danish Refugee Council.
Danfoss employees worldwide have also raised a total of 77,500 EUR on their own initiative to help their Ukrainian colleagues. And Danfoss topped the amount, so it reached a total of 155,000 EUR.