Placing a 1.2 GW solar power park in the exclusion zone is possible
A presentation of the preliminary feasibility study for the installation of the land-based solar panels in the Exclusion Zone, which was sponsored by Tractebel Engineering with the financial support of the French government, was held in Kyiv. The estimated capacity of the station will be 1.2 GW.
The feasibility study, carried out in 2017 with funding from the Ministry of Economy and Finance of France, confirms from a technical and commercial point of view the possibility of constructing a 1.2 GW SPP in the Exclusion Zone around the former Chornobyl NPP.
Work on the implementation of the ambitious plan - the transformation of the Exclusion Zone into the territory of alternative energy and the location of solar energy facilities the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, with the support of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, actively began in December 2016.
"Given the interest of investors, we decided to engage international experts in the field of alternative energy in the analysis and development of a feasibility study on the project. In June 2017, the French government decided to financially support the implementation of a feasibility study for the construction of a solar park in the Exclusion Zone," - Ostap Semerak said.
This project received support at the highest state level. In June 2017, during a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, expressed his interest in taking part in the project.
"Announcing the strategy "Chornobyl - the territory of change", we realized that we should find the possibility of at least partial use of the existing energy and transport infrastructure of the Exclusion Zone. These lands are unsuitable for most types of economic activity, but the construction of alternative energy facilities on this territory will restore the economy of the region with minimal ecological risk. And now, thanks to the feasibility study of a French company, we can say that the construction of a solar power plant in the Exclusion Zone is possible, and this project will be an important step towards turning the contaminated areas into a real territory of change," - Vitalii Petruk, the head of SAUEZM, said.
According to him, work with French colleagues was perceived by the agency's employees with enthusiasm. It was heavy, tense, but definitely interesting and creative. Experts have gained a good experience in the light of best international practices in the preparation of feasibility studies for the implementation of alternative energy projects.
"A lot of routine, preparatory work was done to say today that "The project is possible." Frankly, we did not expect such interest from the public, investors and such support from the Government. I want to thank the employees of the international department of the agency, which, it seems to me, will soon begin to speak French; dosimeters who, probably, know every hill on the selected sites for the project, as well as our power engineers, the true patriots of the "Chornobyl" energy infrastructure. It was a really interesting cooperation," - Vitalii Petruk commented.
As Isabelle Dumont, the Ambassador of France to Ukraine, noted, the implementation of this project will contribute to strengthening the energy independence of Ukraine, which will positively affect the state of the economy. That is why, within the framework of the strategic partnership between the Governments of Ukraine and France, a decision was made to finance the said feasibility study. French specialists conducted a unique, comprehensive and complex work, the results of which have been presented to the world today.
"I believe in the successful realization of this ambitious project of Ukraine," - Isabelle Dumont emphasized.