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CHINA READY TO INVEST $600 MLN IN BUILDING NEW UNIT OF UKRAINIAN TPP

China expects Ukraine to provide state guarantees for investing $600 million in the construction of a new unit at Sloviansk thermal power plant (TPP, PJSC Donbasenergo), Liu Jun, the adviser for trade and economic issues at the Embassy of China in Ukraine, has said.
“The Chinese side is ready to invest more than $600 million in this project, provided that the Ukrainian side provides state guarantees,” he said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
Jun recalled that the investment agreement between Dongfang Electric International Corporation (DEIC) and Donbasenergo for the joint implementation of the project was signed in December 2018.
“The construction of the sixth power unit is a new serious potential joint project between Ukraine and China. I am sure that its implementation will bring great benefits for both the Ukrainian people and Chinese enterprises,” he said.
As reported, the contract between DEIC and Donbasenergo provides for the construction of power units Nos. 6A and 6B of 330 MW each at Sloviansk TPP using CFB technology (burning solid fuel in a circulating fluidized bed).
The contract price is $684.296 million. Financing for the reconstruction foresees 70% of funds of a credit from a Chinese bank.

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DONBASENERGO PLANS TO COMPLETE AUTOMATION OF MAINTENANCE OF SLOVIANSK TPP

PJSC Donbasenergo by July 2020 plans to complete the introduction of the single automated system to manage the key assets of Sloviansk thermal power plant (TPP). The company said that the system allows general effectiveness of business management.
The natural obsolescence of the key production assets of the TPP, which celebrated its 65th anniversary last year, leads to an increase in the number of breakdowns, malfunctioning of the equipment fleet and, as a result, expenditure growth.
The implemented module of the plant’s resource management and statistical analysis will help reduce the number of restoration repairs. Based on the available scheduled preventive repairs statistics, the economic feasibility of using equipment is determined, a decision is made to continue the operation of the old equipment or purchase new one, the company said in the release.
Donbasenergo owns Starobesheve (located in the occupied territory) and Sloviansk TPPs with a total installed capacity of 2,880 MW, in particular Sloviansk TPP’s capacity is 880 MW. At the end of March 2017, the generation company announced the loss of control over the operation of Starobesheve TPP, as well as part of structural units located in the temporarily uncontrolled territory.

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COAL STOCKS AT UKRAINIAN TPPS’ WAREHOUSES 8.2% UP OVER WEEK

Coal reserves in the warehouses of thermal power plants (TPP) of energy generating companies in Ukraine increased by 8.2% (by 106,200 tonnes) from October 15 to October 21, to 1.391 million tonnes, which is 14% (228,100 tonnes) less than last year, according to the Ministry of Energy and Environment Protection.
According to the calculations of the Interfax-Ukraine agency, reserves of anthracite in the warehouses of thermal power plants amounted to 340,300 tonnes, which is 11.5% more than a week ago, and almost twice as much as a year earlier (173,400 tonnes). At the same time, gas coal reserves at thermal power plants’ warehouses amount to 1.051 million tonnes, which is 7.2% (71,000 tonnes) more than last week, and 27.3% (395,200 tonnes) less than last year.
Coal reserves (anthracite and gas) in the warehouses of combined heat and power plants for the week rose by 7.5% (by 12,400 tonnes), to 176,500 tonnes, which is 26.1% (62,500 tonnes) less than on October 22, 2018.
As reported, the consumption of energy grades of coal by TPPs and combined heat and power plants in the country in 2018 increased by 5.7% (by 1.409 million tonnes) compared to 2017, to 26.22 million tonnes.

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