20 Sep 2023
On the sidelines of Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock's visit, representatives of the Ukrainian government, the transmission system operator Ukrenergo and NOTUS energy signed a joint declaration of intent on the development of a wind farm in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. According to an initial feasibility analysis by NOTUS energy, the area offers the potential for 1,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power. This would enable 800,000 households in Kiev and the surrounding area to be supplied with electricity in a safe and climate-friendly manner.
“Our project in the Chernobyl Special Administrative Region is of outstanding importance in several respects,” explains the Managing Director of NOTUS energo Ukraina LLC, the Ukrainian project development company of the NOTUS energy Group. “A wind farm of this size would make a substantial contribution to the expansion of renewable energies in Ukraine and strengthen the independence and decentralization of the Ukrainian energy supply,”.
With the joint declaration of intent, the partners agreed to examine the concrete implementation of the project. This includes, among other things, determining the condition of the existing network infrastructure and identifying potentially suitable areas based on a radiation assessment and carrying out an environmental impact assessment.
Declaration of intent at ministerial level
The declaration of intent was signed by Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi, First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Andrij Tymchuk, Acting Head of the State Agency for the Exclusion Zone, Wolodymyr Kudrytskyi, Chairman of the Board of the Transmission System Company Ukrenergo and representatives of NOTUS energy.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock announced at the meeting that Germany and Ukraine want to work even closer together on the transition to renewable energy. During her visit she underlined the importance of the Chernobyl project. From NOTUS energy's perspective, the location is ideal for several reasons.
- Kiev is about 150 kilometers from Chernobyl; by upgrading the old power plant infrastructure, electricity could be delivered directly to the metropolitan region.
- Construction and operation of the wind farm would give the currently unused exclusion zone a promising future use and make optimal use of existing infrastructure.
- Since the exclusion zone was left by the former residents, the area is low in conflict from a social and ecological perspective.
NOTUS energy: Active in Ukraine since 2019
The Potsdam-based company NOTUS energy has been active in Ukraine since 2019 and is currently developing several projects there, the first of which are almost ready for construction. Despite the challenges of the past few years, NOTUS energy has not only retained its team in Kiev, but even expanded it.
“We want to make a contribution to the reconstruction and transformation of the Ukrainian energy supply. The ceremonial signing of the joint declaration of intent marks an early but important milestone: it brings the relevant actors together and forms the basis for transparent and cooperative cooperation. We look optimistically to further cooperation – and to the future of Ukraine" explains the Managing Director of NOTUS energo Ukraina LLC.
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