DTEK energy holding intends to implement a pilot project to construct the Energy Storage system at Zaporizhia thermal power plant (TPP) by the end of 2020, DTEK CEO Maksym Tymchenko has said.
“Now, we have actually started the pilot project on energy storage at Zaporizhia TPP. Even despite of the current crisis, we believe that this is a very important direction. I hope that this project will be implemented by the end of the year and we will develop energy storage technologies,” he said during an online briefing on Wednesday.
Tymchenko said that containerized solutions for gas power generation based on DTEK’s TPPs are also being considered, which will be able to meet the needs of balancing.
DTEK Oil & Gas, responsible for the oil and gas division of DTEK Group, plans to drill five deep wells in 2020 and reach gas production of 2 billion cubic meters (bcm) by 2021, the company’s press service has reported.
“In 2020, we plan to build five new wells and in the near future to develop depths of more than 7 km,” the press service said, citing Extraction and Processing Director Oleksiy Raptanov as saying.
Last year, DTEK Oil & Gas reduced the construction time for wells with a depth of more than 5,500 0 meters to three and a half months, contracted the SK-3000 drilling rig, which allows drilling to a depth of 10 km, and also launched a new drilling program at the Machukhske field.
In addition, the company announced the creation of a technology center for systematic search, adaptation and implementation of modern technologies in its structure, the formation of an expert council with the involvement of international experts to increase the efficiency of production and business processes.
“All this will help DTEK Oil & Gas to reach a renewed momentum and increase production to 2 billion cubic meters by 2021,” Raptanov said.
DTEK Kyiv Grids provides for the volume of investments in the development of power grids in Kyiv at the level of UAH 8.8 billion in the plan for the development of the Kyiv energy infrastructure in 2020-2024, which is almost five times more than investments made in this direction over the previous five years. “According to the company’s forecasts, electricity consumption in Kyiv will grow by approximately 9% by 2024. In order to meet the growing needs of domestic customers and businesses and increase the reliability of the capital’s energy supply, we plan to invest UAH 8.8 billion in the development of energy infrastructure in Kyiv over five years,” Director General of DTEK Kyiv Grids Maris Kunickis said when presenting the development plan for the energy infrastructure of Kyiv for 2020-2024.
According to the data announced at the presentation, UAH 1.8 billion was invested in the development of the capital’s infrastructure in 2015-2019.
The plan of the development of energy infrastructure in Kyiv, in particular, provides for the construction by the end of 2024 of four new large substations of 110-10 kV: Odeska, Lukyanivska, Brest-Litovska, Kabelna Nova, as well as the construction of 51 kilometers of 110-35 kV power grids and the reconstruction of 1,753 kilometers of networks and 231 energy facilities.
“Now we are actively working on the launch of the new SCADA software dispatch system. By analyzing the information, it will not only be able to help manage the network, but will also predict possible emergencies and suggest solutions. This will significantly improve the quality of energy supply,” the expert said.
DTEK has completed construction of Prymorska wind farm (Botiyeve, Zaporizhia region) with a capacity of 200 MW, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported.
DTEK CEO Maksym Tymchenko said that investment in the project reached EUR 321 million, including EUR 180 million are funds borrowed from German banks and secured by foreign export-credit agencies.
Prymorska wind farm will annually generate 700 million kWh of electricity.
The plant consists of two phases 100 MW each and has 52 wind turbines made by General Electric.
During the construction of the second phase Ukrainian contractors received orders for EUR 30 million.
DTEK was established in 2005 to manage the energy assets of the System Capital Management Group (SCM, Donetsk) of Rinat Akhmetov. The functions of strategic management of the enterprises of the group that make up the vertically integrated chain for the extraction and enrichment of coal, production and sale of electricity were delegated the holding.
DTEK Renewables has commissioned the 240 MW Pokrovska solar plant (Nikopol district, Dnipropetrovsk region).
The press service of the company said Pokrovska solar plant is a project implemented by Ukrainian companies and specialists. Some 16 enterprises took part in the construction, which received orders worth EUR48 million.
Pokrovska solar plant consists of 840,000 solar panels manufactured by Risen (China). It is expected that each year the plant will produce 400 million kWh of “green” electricity, which is enough to provide 200,000 households.
“Pokrovska solar plant is the company’s third project in solar energy, investment in which amounted to EUR193 million,” DTEK CEO Maksym Tymchenko said.
He said that the payback period in current tariffs is estimated at six to six and a half years.
In addition, he said that DTEK plans to implement the project for building the Energy Storage system either at Pokrovska or Nikopol solar station.
DTEK has signed a memorandum of understanding and business cooperation with the Croatian energy company HEP (Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d.).
According to the company’s press release, the document signed in Split provides for cooperation in the field of energy trade, the implementation of joint projects in foreign markets, including investment in energy assets.
The first step in the framework of DTEK’s cooperation with HEP is the test supply of electricity by subsidiary of DTEK Hungary Power Trade in the amount of up to 2,500 MWh in October this year. Next year, the volume of trade may increase to 1.3 million MWh.
According to DTEK Director General Maksym Tymchenko, access to foreign markets and international partnership are one of the vectors of the company’s long-term strategy.
“Today we are already cooperating with more than 20 European companies in the field of energy trading, which confirms the status of DTEK as a reliable international partner. The signing of the memorandum of cooperation with HEP, the leader of the energy sector in Croatia, is another step in expanding our presence in European energy markets. We are considering it as another step towards the rapprochement of Ukrainian and European energy systems, which is the key to strengthening Ukraine’s energy security,” he said.
“Our partnership will make a significant contribution to the achievement of Croatia’s strategic goals, such as diversifying energy supplies and enhancing Croatia’s energy security and stability. In the field of renewable energy, both DTEK and HEP have made significant progress over the past few years. In the field of “green” energy we see great opportunities for intensive cooperation,” chairman of the board at HEP Frane Barbaric said.