China’s Trina Solar Limited has announced the delivery of photovoltaic modules with a total capacity of 123 MW for a solar power plant project, implemented by Ukraine’s largest private energy holding DTEK. “The construction of a power plant, the contractor of which is China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), is to be completed in early 2019, and in March the facility will be connected to the national power system,” the Chinese company said in a statement.
Trina Solar said that the design capacity of the station, located near Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk region, is 246 MW.
“After the completion of construction and installation work, this facility will become the largest solar farm in the region, as well as the largest exclusively solar power plant in Europe,” the release says.
According to the report, the facility will be able to generate 280 million kWh of solar energy per year, which will allow it becoming one of the three leading suppliers of similar energy resources in Europe. The plant will be able to fully meet the needs of 100,000 households in Ukraine and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300,000 tonnes per year.
Trina Solar, founded in 1997, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of integrated solutions for solar energy.
DTEK Renewables has raised EUR 90 million for construction of the first phase of Prymorska wind farm with a capacity of 100 MW in Zaporizhia region, the press service of DTEK Energy Holding reported. The press service said that the loan for the construction of the first stage of the wind farm was issued by a consortium of German banks (Bayerische Landesbank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Bremer Kreditbank and others) with risk coverage provided by German export credit agency (ECA) Euler Hermes. The loan term is 10 years after the technical commissioning of the plant.
DTEK reminded that this is the third financing agreement signed with European financial institutions for the construction of the company’s wind energy projects. For the implementation of the first wind farm project in the company’s portfolio, the Botiyevska Wind Farm, DTEK raised loans in the total amount of EUR 235 million from Germany’s LandesBank Berlin (Berliner Sparkasse) in 2012-2014.
DTEK CEO Maksym Tymchenko said that in recent years, the company raised EUR 335 million from German banks for the construction of new wind farms. This April, DTEK and Chinese company CMEC signed an agreement valued at EUR 134 million to build Nikopol solar power plant (200 MW) with the total cost of the project of EUR 235 million.
“Such sustainable interest from international investors in renewable generation in Ukraine gives us confidence in the implementation of our strategic plans – to have 1,000 MW of ‘green’ facilities in the portfolio by 2020,” he said.
General Electric (GE) has signed a contract with DTEK to supply high-voltage equipment for the 150 kV central power distribution station and two 150/35/10 kV substations, which would ensure the transmission of electricity from the first stage of Prymorska wind farm (Zaporizhia region) to the Ukrainian power grid, the press service of the Ukrainian energy holding has reported.
“The innovative technology “digital substation” will be used at the wind farm… The digital substation technology allows making real-time assessment of the state of equipment and automatically reacting to deterioration or malfunctions. This relaxes maintenance of the substation, implementing it as soon as the event occurs and without scheduling repairs,” DTEK said.
As reported, GE Renewable Energy will supply 26 wind turbines with a capacity of 3 MW each for the first stage of Prymorska wind farm and maintain them after the delivery. The turbines will be delivered to Ukraine and installed in 2018. The first stage would be launched in 2019.
DTEK was established in 2005 to manage the energy assets of System Capital Management Group (SCM, Donetsk) belonging to Rinat Akhmetov.
DTEK Energy’s thermal power plants (TPP) increased electricity supply by 12.1% in January-May 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, to 13.5 billion kWh, the company’s press service has reported.
According to its information, in particular power supply from thermal power plants working on gas coal grew by 21.7%, to 11.5 billion kWh, while those on anthracite reduced by almost 30%, to 2 billion kWh.
The press service noted that the company increases production of electricity from Ukrainian coal through a project to transfer two blocks of Prydniprovska TPP to gas coal (completed in late 2017), as well as increased loading of its other TPPs on gas coal.
“DTEK TPPs operate in the mode required for the power system and show very good dynamics of electricity production from gas coal. It’s nice to see that the project we implemented at Prydniprovska TPP not only helps reduce the volume of coal imports to the country, but also creates prerequisites for building up own production in Ukraine,” Director for Power Generation at DTEK Energy Serhiy Kurylenko said.
DTEK Energy plans by the end of 2018 to complete the transfer of two more units of Prydniprovska TPP from anthracite to gas coal, which will allow the station to provide the required amount of electricity production without using anthracite.
DTEK Energy, the largest Ukrainian private energy holding, will retain the machine building brand Corum, the press service of the holding has told Interfax-Ukraine. “Corum enterprises, which are part of DTEK Energy, will continue their work in the external competitive markets of machine building both in Ukraine and abroad. Corum will also retain its brand, which is already well known. In the structure of the company, Corum enterprises will be managed as a separate business unit within DTEK Energy,” the press service noted.
DTEK Energy added that the duties of Corum Director General are performed by Mykhailo Potapov.
As reported, previously DTEK Energy, part of DTEK Holding, acquired shares in PJSC Svitlo Shakhtaria, Druzhkivka Machine Building Plant LLC, and Mining Machines LLC, which were formerly part of Corum Group.
DTEK Energy is the operating company responsible for coal mining, generation and distribution of electricity in the structure of DTEK Holding.
DTEK’s mines in April 2018 increased gas coal production by 5% compared to April 2017, to 2 million tonnes, the company’s press service has reported.
“The growth in production at DTEK Pavlohradvuhillia in April this year was 3% compared to April 2017, to 1.7 million tonnes, at DTEK Dobropilliavuhillia it stood at 19%, to 334,000 tonnes,” the report said.
According to the press service, in April the company invested UAH 387 million in the development of production at the mines of DTEK Pavlohradvuhillia and DTEK Dobropilliavuhillia. Of these, UAH 167 million was invested in the purchase and overhaul of purification equipment, UAH 94 million in capital mining and UAH 29 million in tunnel equipment.
Since the beginning of the year, 12 longworks have been commissioned at DTEK’s coal enterprises.