GE and EuroCape companies began installation work on Zaporizhzhya wind farms in Ukraine
Girsovka, UKRAINE, June 1, 2020 - GE Renewable Energy and EuroCape Ukraine LLC companies began installation work at the Zaporizhzhya wind farm located in the south-east of Ukraine. The first phase of the construction of a wind farm with a total capacity of 98 MW provides for the installation of 27 GE ground-based wind generators with a capacity of 3.6 MW. It is expected that the wind farm will be commissioned in the 4th quarter of this year and will generate more than 330,000 MW * year of clean energy annually, which will be enough to provide electricity to approximately 170,000 households. After completion of construction and bringing the total capacity to 500 MW, this wind farm project will become the most powerful in Ukraine, will be able to provide electricity to approximately 780,000 homes and will be among the top five largest operating land wind farms in Europe.
The wind farm uses 3.6 MW terrestrial wind generators with a tower height of 110 m and a rotor diameter of 137 m, which are the most productive in their class. The GE platform with a capacity of 3 MW is able to adapt to the entire spectrum of wind load, because its intelligent control system constantly directs the turbine blades towards the wind, ensuring their efficient operation, while an improved power unit and electrical equipment contribute to an increase in the utilization of installed power and an increase in annual electricity production. In addition, GE and EuroCape have signed a 15-year comprehensive service agreement.
As part of the project, GE will also provide a relay protection system and a supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA) to help ensure a reliable supply of electricity from the Zaporizhzhya wind farm to the country's electricity grid. In addition, the SCADA system will exchange data and information with a similar control system installed at the location of the wind generators. This will create the conditions for more efficient management of the wind farm and the corresponding substation.
Adrian Foucher, Director of EuroCape New Energy in Ukraine: “After 10 years of development in Ukraine, we are proud to establish the first wind generator. We thank GE for their close cooperation. This is the first and very important step towards achieving the planned wind farm capacity of 500 MW.
Vyacheslav Feklin, CEO of GE in Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia, noted: “GE is proud to continue to support its customers regardless of the level of complexity of projects or global challenges. We strive to provide advanced technologies to help Ukraine generate clean energy and contribute to sustainable economic development. GE has been partnering with Ukrainian customers for a long time. In particular, GE is actively involved in the implementation of projects in the field of renewable energy in accordance with the national energy strategy of Ukraine, aimed at increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix * from 4% in 2015 to 12% by 2025 and 25% by 2035 of the year. Over the past few years, GE has participated in several wind energy projects with a combined capacity of around 250 MW, supplying advanced equipment and helping to provide financial support in partnership with global financial institutions.
* Excluding hydropower capacity
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