The Kness Group, a large Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) contractor on the Ukrainian alternative energy market, this year started building own solar power plants and soon intends to launch the capacity of 33 MW, Kness Director General Serhiy Shakalov has said. “To a large extent, we started building our own capacities only this year. Now we are commissioning 33 MW. These are our capacities,” he told Interfax-Ukraine. Shakalov said that the group mainly acts as an EPC contractor in projects, building solar power plants for clients according to different financial models.
He said that Kness has already implemented projects with a total capacity of more than 200 MW. “And now about 200 MW are being built, and the plans are great,” the general director said.
Speaking at the Ukrainian Financial Forum organized by the ICU investment group recently, he pointed out the high interest of investors in solar power plants for the period before the introduction of auctions.
“Why interest? Because the business is clear, simple and fairly well insured: almost a state guarantee in the form of state purchases of electricity. Plus a very low OPEX,” Shakalov said.
According to him, Kness (at that time, Podilsky Energoconsulting) first started building alternative energy facilities, and at the beginning of 2016 it almost completely focused on solar energy and “did not miscalculate.”
Shakalov said that even with the introduction of auctions expected after 2020, the construction of a solar power plant still remains interesting, since there is more money, technology and construction companies on the market than it was before. Among the problems he highlighted a lack of quality facilities and qualified personnel, which does not allow scaling projects.
“We are not afraid of the auction system. We are actively preparing for them (auctions). We are looking positively in 2020,” the general director of Kness said. In his opinion, the introduction of the auction system will create another competitive field in which other financial models will compete, although there is no clear understanding yet. Shakalov also said that it will have to compete more with large international companies, and also more actively develop new regions, since the density of implemented projects in Kherson and Odesa regions is already high.
The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) has announced a tender to lease part of the engineering facilities of the coolant system of facilities of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) on the area of 2.5 million square meters for construction of a solar power plant, First Deputy SPF Head Dmytro Parfenenko has said.
“We are accepting bids from May 10 through May 20 inclusively… The tender will be held on May 29,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
The starting price will be the largest sum proposed by the bidders (no lower than UAH 14,170 a month (VAT not included).
The condition for participating in the tender is experience in building and operating solar power plants with a capacity of at least 50 MW.
The site for placing the plant will be leased for 49 years. The capacity of the facility could reach 100 MW, according to the fund’s calculations.
As reported, earlier the Enerparc AG – Rodina Energy Group consortium built a pilot solar power plant with a capacity of 1 MW near the Chornobyl NPP.
Norway’s Scatec Solar has included into its project portfolio the construction of solar power plants with a total capacity of 150 MW in Ukraine, the company’s press service reported. The company has not disclosed any other details regarding the construction of stations. As reported with reference to Cherkasy Regional Administration, Scatec Solar planned to build a solar power plant with the installed capacity of 25 MW in Kamianka, Cherkasy region. Scatec Solar has built solar power plants with a total capacity of 322 MW in different countries. The company is in the process of building plants with the capacity of 434 MW.
Scatec Solar operates in the Czech Republic, South Africa, Ruanda, Honduras and Jordan.