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German contractor Notus Energy to build wind power plant on Chornobyl disaster site in deal with Ukraine government

Wind power installed by Notus. (Photo by Notus Energy)

By Ukraine Rebuild News Staff, Sept 12, 2023

The Ukrainian government will cooperate with German firm Notus Energy to build a wind power plant in the Chornobyl exclusion zone, with the capacity to power 1,000 homes, Ukraine’s Environment Ministry said in a press release.

Notus Energy has finished a preliminary assessment and a master plan for the project, and is now preparing a wind measurement study, the technical and economic justification of the electrical network, an environmental study and the process of land acquisition, the ministry said. 

The release offered no further details of cost, capacity or timing for the project, which was announced during a visit to Ukraine by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who also announced another 20 million euros ($20.5 million) in humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

Notus Energy is an independent power producer and general contractor in the energy sector with 339 employees that says it has installed a total of 1,639 MW of wind power capacity and has another 2,278 MW under development, along with 1,079 MWp of solar energy.

In an announcement before the war, Notus Energy said it was planning to build three wind farms with a total capacity of 270 MW near Odesa in Ukraine’s southwest.

The Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, some 130 kms north of Kyiv, extends 30 kms from the epicentre of the 1986 nuclear disaster. The area has largely been abandoned.

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