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Syvash windfarm is a 250MW onshore wind project being developed in Ukraine. It will be the biggest renewable energy project in the country, upon completion.
The project is being developed by SyvashEnergoProm, which is a joint venture (JV) between Norwegian company NBT and French firm Total Eren. It has an estimated investment of €380m ($429m) and is also supported by the Ukrainian Government, the Office of the National Investment Council, and regional authorities.
The environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) of the project was disclosed in August 2018. The windfarm will be built in two phases through 2020. Construction on the 133MW first phase began in September 2018 and is scheduled for completion in December 2019.
Syvash windfarm location
Syvash windfarm is being built in the Chaplynka district in the Kherson region close to Lake Syvash, South Ukraine.
The project site covers an area of 1,307ha leased from reserve lands of Pershokostiantynivska, Hryhorivska, Pavliska, and Strohanivska village councils.
Syvash windfarm make-up
The Syvash onshore windfarm will consist of 64 units of Nordex N131/3900 series horizontal axis wind turbines, which have an installed capacity of 3.9MW each.
Each turbine will be equipped with NR65.5 rotor blades having a rotor diameter of 131m. It has a hub height of 120m and swept area of 13,478m². Turbine towers are tubular and made of steel, while blades are made of glass-fibre reinforced polyester. Featuring anti-icing and Nordex Control™ systems, the turbines can operate in light and moderate wind locations.
Electricity generated by the turbine generators will be carried by underground cables to a 150kV substation building, which will be constructed to the north-west of the project site. Cables will be armoured and buried to a depth of 1m. Turbine sites will be connected by 71km of access roads.
Ukrainian state-owned company Energorynok will purchase the electricity generated by the windfarm.
Syvash wind project financing
SyvashEnergoProm achieved financial closure for the windfarm’s first phase worth €155m ($175m) in January 2019.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) provided a long-term senior loan of €75m ($84.6m) in A-loan structure, under its Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility III (USELF III) framework. Green for Growth Fund (GGF) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) jointly provided a loan of €75m ($84.6m) in a B-loan structure.
The first phase of the project is also supported by a parallel loan of €5m ($5.64m) from the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO).
POWERCHINA and its subsidiary Powerchina Fujian Electric Power Engineering was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by NBT to build the windfarm in September 2018.
The Nordex Group received an order in February 2019 to supply 34 wind turbines for the first phase of the project.
Syvash windfarm benefits
The project will bring economic benefits to the Kherson region by creating employment for up to 100 locals during the construction phase. It will also generate UAH2.5m ($91,240) a year in tax revenues for the local community.
It is expected to generate 850GWh of clean electricity a year, which will be sufficient power for approximately 100,000 households in the municipality of Rivne. It will also create a positive impact on the environment by offsetting 860,000t of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and saving 480,000t of coal a year.
The windfarm will also support the Energy Strategy of Ukraine, which aims to increase the share of renewable energy in power mix to 25% by 2035.
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