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China's Machinery And Equipment Project Will Build Europe's Third Largest Solar Power Station
- Apr 11, 2018 -

      Recently, Ukraine's largest private power producer DTEK and China Machinery and Equipment Engineering Corporation (CMEC) stated that they have agreed to build a joint project of one of the largest solar power plants in Europe at a cost of 230 million euros.

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      Solar power stations will be built in the Dnepropetrovsk region in central Ukraine, with a planned capacity of 200 MW. In terms of potential production, this power station ranks third in Europe.


      "The project will be completed in a short period of time and is expected to be completed by the end of this year." DTEK Chief Executive Officer Maksim Timchenko stated at the signing ceremony of Kiev and CMEC Chairman Zhang Hao.


      The project will be funded by DTEK-funded and CMEC loans. The current loan amount has not been announced.

DTEK is a new player in the solar field. In August last year, the company launched its first solar project with a 10 MW capacity Tryfonivska solar power plant.


      The Ukrainian energy sector still relies heavily on traditional fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Last year, renewable energy accounted for only about 1% of total electricity generation.


      Timchenko said that DTEK plans to increase its renewable capacity to 1,000 megawatts by 2019.


      According to a report supported by the United Nations, the global new renewable energy capacity last year created a new record of 157 GW, which is more than double the new capacity of fossil fuels.


     South Africa: Signing 27 New Energy Generation Projects


      On April 4, local time, South Africa's Energy Minister Jeff Radebe signed 27 REIPPP agreements, and also signed an electricity purchase agreement with Eskom. (PPA), the total investment of these projects will reach 56 billion rand.


      According to Radebe, after signing these agreements, it is expected that in the next five years, South Africa will increase its generating capacity by 2,300 megawatts, and will create 58,000 jobs. The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) also welcomes these agreements.


      Previously, Eskom claimed that due to financial difficulties and grid pressure problems unable to bear these projects, these contracts have been postponed for a long time. In addition, the company is also under investigation by the energy regulator.


      The signing of this power purchase agreement is good news for the owners of the bid winners in the fourth round, which means that new energy projects that have been stagnating for many years can finally be started. Among them, Goldwind Technologies from China provided EPC (Engineer Procurement and Construction) management for two of the projects. The two projects have a total value of approximately 3 billion rand and the annual power supply is 120 megawatts and 32.5 megawatts respectively.


      Wang Wenan, director of the State Grid's non-commissioning office, told reporters that the South African Department of Energy's official signing of the Renewable Energy Power Generation Bidding (REIPPPP) Project Phases 3.5 and 4 deal with electricity purchase agreements involving 27 projects, mainly solar and wind power. Among them, there are 15 wind power, photovoltaic and concentrating solar projects in Northern Cape, 4 wind projects in Eastern Cape, 4 photovoltaic projects in Northwest, 2 wind projects in Western Cape, Mpumalanga 1 A biomass power generation project (the province's first independent power producer project), a small hydropower project in Free State.


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