Milestone for major Ukraine wind project

A windfarm that was delayed because of the political unrest in Ukraine has reached a milestone by finally unveiling its first turbines.

Preparations for the construction of the 200 MW Primorskaya Wind Electricity Plant in the Zaporizhzhya Region of Ukraine started in 2011 but stalled because of the difficult economic and political situation.

Work renewed in 2016 to prepare for 52 GE wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.8 MW, and now the first have been installed and launched at a ceremony this week attended by Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. The whole plant is expected to be fully commissioned by October.

Poroshenko said: “Innovative energy sector modernization is critical for us. I understand very well that this is an extremely complex, multilateral task, but it is necessary. And we have seen that traditional approaches to the energy sector of Ukraine have almost run their course. The new energy sector is one of the most important issues of our country’s progress.

He said that Ukraine needed “to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the energy balance. It is very important that business supports such a goal, that investors trust in Ukraine, believe in the country’s future and are ready to invest in the energy of the future.”

Philipp Leckebusch, chief executive of DTEK Renewables which operates the wind project, said: “The growing share of clean domestic electricity generation will lead us on a path towards a more balanced and greener energy mix.”

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