Kyiv to build six mini thermal power plants amid ongoing power crisis

Six mini-HPP plants to be built in Kyiv
Six mini-HPP plants to be built in Kyiv

Kyiv city authorities are considering creating six new small thermal power plants in addition to the three existing ones, Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State Administration Petro Panteleev said at a Kyiv City Council meeting on May 16.

Kyiv is developing a plan to restore its power system after significant damage from Russian missile strikes and ongoing power outages. The proposal involves creating six new heat plants with capacities ranging from 20 MW to 324 MW, totaling 619 MW.

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These new plants will be equipped with modern gas turbines and gas piston units, which are more efficient than the old boilers and can operate at partial capacity. Additionally, smaller cogeneration units with capacities of 2.5 to 15 MW will be installed at the city's main boiler houses to ensure a reliable power supply.

The estimated cost of this plan is up to €1.2 billion, with a projected implementation period of 12-15 years.

The first stage aims to ensure an uninterrupted heat supply to around 300,000 residents of Kyiv by the end of the year. While this plan is not a quick fix, it is seen as a crucial step to provide basic services and contribute to the city's resilience.

The concept received support from 85 deputies and is viewed as a key measure to restore and improve Kyiv's energy resilience.

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The power situation remains extremely challenging, with controlled emergency blackouts in all regions of Ukraine due to a significant electricity shortage. These blackouts have affected both industrial and residential consumers, though only 10% of Kyiv's residents have been impacted.

The destruction of power plants, including Trypillia TPP, DniproHES, CHPP-5, and Zmiyivska TPP, has resulted in a significant loss of the country's generation capacity.

DTEK Group, a major player in the power sector, reported an 80% loss of generation. In addition to the damage to power plants, a gas storage facility in western Ukraine has also been damaged, worsening the power shortage.

As of May 9, 2024, two hydroelectric power plants have been decommissioned. Given the scale of damage, it will take several years to rebuild and restore power infrastructure in the affected areas.

The introduction of this concept to restore Kyiv's power system is seen as a critical step in addressing power shortages and ensuring the city's survival.

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