The President of Ukraine took part in the launch of the first wind turbines of Primorskaya WEP
Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremonial launch of the first wind turbines of Primorskaya Wind Electricity Plant (WEP) in Zaporizhzhya Region. The operation of Primorskaya WEP will allow to increase ‘green’ energy output in Ukraine by 650-700 mln kWh annually. This will bring Ukraine closer to the strategic goal of diversifying energy sources and strengthening energy independence.
“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. We need 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”, - said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
52 wind turbines manufactured by GE with 3.8 MW of single capacity will be installed at Primorskaya WEP. The first stage of WEP is located in Prymorsk District of Zaporizhzhia Region, the second is in Pryazovsk District. Primorskaya WEP is expected to be fully commissioned by October 2019. Upon completion of all the works, the output of Primorskaya WEP will be 200 MW of clean and safe capacity supplied to the country’s power grid owing to the favorable wind resources experienced at the site.
“The start of operation of the first phase of Primorskaya WEP is testimony to our commitment to continue the expansion of investments in renewable energy sources. The growing share of clean domestic electricity generation will strongly benefit the path towards a more balanced and greener energy mix as targeted in the Energy Strategy of Ukraine. Together with our project team we are pleased to build on our successful partnership with the state and region to enhance the security of energy supply of the country.”- said Philipp Leckebusch, CEO of DTEK Renewables.
The project of Primorskaya WEP has moved up through a lot of difficulties. Preparation for the construction of the facility began in 2011, and the active phase was scheduled for 2013-2014. However, due to the difficult economic and political situation in the country, prevailing at that time, the project was suspended. It was renewed in 2016.
Early in 2018, DTEK Renewables signed a contract with General Electric for the supply, installation and maintenance of 26 wind turbines for the first stage of Primorskaya WEP. And in October of the same year, the companies signed another contract for the second stage of WEP.
Today, Primorskaya WEP is a platform for the implementation of energy innovations. The station pioneers an innovative digital substation technology in Ukraine.
Vyacheslav Feklin, Country Manager for GE in Ukraine, said: “The construction of the Primorskaya WEP is a testament to the professionalism, technical expertise, and commitment to innovation and partnership of all of the project participants. We would like to particularly thank our partner DTEK for their continued trust and support. This project is a major step forward in leveraging advanced, world-class technology to unleash limitless clean energy. We are proud that, together with DTEK, we are helping Ukraine take this major step into the future.”
For the complete Primorskaya WEP DTEK Renewables will invest more than 300 million EUR. The plant is planned to generate 650-700 mln kWh of ‘green’ energy annually. This amount of energy is enough to provide about 350 thousand Ukrainian households with electricity. The operation of the facility will reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 700 thousand tonnes per year.