By Swann Bigot, legal expert and consultant in international affairs, for Eurasia Network – April 10, 2017
Wind turbines – Source : S. Bigot, 2017
The Ukrainian energy company DTEK will start this year the construction of a second 200 MW wind farm in the Zaporizhia region in southern Ukraine, announced Viktoria Syromyatova, director of the company Wins Power LLC (ООО Винд Пауэр), during a meeting held on March 29 in the regional state administration.
According to her, the new “Primorskaya” wind power plant will have a capacity of 200 MW and will be made of 52 wind turbines divided in two sections. The first 100 MW section will be built near the city of Prymorsk, which hosts 12,208 inhabitants. The second 100 MW section will be located around the operating Botievskaya wind farm built in 2012-2014.
The total investment would amount to €300 million.
“We will begin to install the wind turbines in 2018. The wind farm would enter into service in 2020” said Ivan Lyakh, Head of the legal department of Wind Power LLC, adding that the company will create a social partnership program jointly with the city of Prymorsk.
A region with high wind power capacity
The Botievskaya wind power plant with a capacity of 200 MW was built by DTEK in 2014 in the Zaporozhia region.
It entered into service in 2012 with 30 wind turbines while 35 other wind turbines were added in 2014. All the 65 turbines were manufactured by the Danish company Vestas. The Ukrainian energy company DTEK conducted the project. The total amount of investments in this major wind power plant reached € 340 million.
In 2016, the facility produced 608.4 million kWh, which allowed to save 152.7 million m3 of gas and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by 646 thousand tons.
This 200 MW wind farm is today the largest in Ukraine and one of the five largest wind power plants in Central and Eastern Europe.
Towards 11% of renewable energy sources ?
Ukrainian authorities support the development of the renewable energy sources as an opportunity to increase the energy security of the country and revive the national economy after years of recession, provided necessary equipment is produced locally.
Government has set the goal to increase renewable energy share in the country’s power mix to 11% by 2020.
From 2013 to 2016, wind power capacity in Ukraine has increased by 1.7 times (from 194 MW in early 2013 to 525 MW by the end of 2016).
The Ukrainian Ministry of Energy hopes that the country will be able to raise up to $ 16 billion in investments to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the national energy balance, explained the Deputy Minister of Energy for European Integration Natalia Boyko last March in an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper “Evropeyskaya pravda”.
“I hope that we will receive investments that will increase the share of the green tariff in accordance with our international obligations and will enable us to discuss about 21% of renewable energy sources in the national energy balance, or even more” stated the Deputy minister.
According to her, in order to reach 21% in the power balance, Ukraine will need to launch up to 5 GW of renewable capacity covering solar and wind power as well as bioenergy.
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 The company OOO Vind Pauer was founded in 2008 within the DTEK’s group and is engaged in renewable energy sources. DTEK is the largest private energy company in Ukraine ;
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