The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an agreement with Ukraine for a loan of 200 million Euros for the "Rehabilitation of hydroelectric power plants" project. As a result of this project, the systematic improvement of operational stability and reliability of power supply is expected due to the increase of regulatory capacity of the Ukrainian power system, increase of efficiency and safety of the HPP operation, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.

The total estimated cost of the project is 690 million EUR, including the EIB loan for a period of 20 years at 2% per annum. Financing of projects for the rehabilitation of the power system by EIB is a continuation of a fruitful cooperation with Ukraine which has been going on since 2007. The volume of loans granted to our country by the bank amounted to EUR 1.3 billion, making it the largest energy investor in the Eastern Europe.

Experts point out that the aim of the "Rehabilitation of hydroelectric power plants" project is the life extension of 22 hydroelectric units over at least 40 years; increase of the capacity of units by at least 10%; increase of the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to 45% from current 29%. This should ensure a reduction in consumption of fossil fuels and emissions of CO ², as well as reduce the negative impacts of hydropower units on the environment.

The project envisions reconstruction of the six hydroelectric power plants (Kiev pumped-storage HPP, Kanev HPP, Kremenchug HPP, Dneprodzerzhynsk HPP, Dnieper HPP-1, Dnieper HPP -2). It is planned to reconstruct turbines, generators, replace electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2017.


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