Ukraine plans to start third unit of 905-MW Tashlyk in 2009

Ukrainian nuclear power plant builder Energoatom predicts the third turbine-generator unit of the 905-MW Tashlyk pumped-storage project is expected to go on line in 2009.

Tashlyk, which is being built in a combined hydro-nuclear power development, includes a reservoir on the South Bug River that serves as a cooling pond for the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant. The first two pump-turbines went on line in late 2006 and in July 2007. (HNN 6/27/07)

Energoatom reported progress at a January 25 conference at the Ukraine’s Fuel and Energy Ministry. The company said completion of the estimated 3.37 billion hryvnia (US$666 million) project would require investment of 260 million hryvnias (US$51.3 million) in 2008 and 360 million hryvnias (US$71.1 million) in 2009.

Energoatom said the complexity of the work is caused by the need to build the upper reservoir of the pumped-storage project as well as additional ponds for units of the nuclear plant. The fifth and sixth units of the project are expected to be commissioned in 2010.

Although construction of Tashlyk began in 1981, Energoatom said the project was substantially changed due to additional ecological examinations and changes in approach. The project underwent an ecological audit that acknowledged the effectiveness and sufficiency of environmental conservation measures, Energoatom said.

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