Ukraine energy major DTEK Group and Vestas on 4 December signed a Memorandum of Understanding to complete the construction of the largest wind farm in Eastern Europe, a project supported by the European Commission and the governments of Ukraine and Denmark. The installed capacity of the Tyligulska Wind Power Plant will be 500 MW, resulting from a total investment in excess of €650 million. The plant is located in the Mykolaiv region, 400 km from Kyiv and 85 km from the border with Moldova.

The MoU, signed at the UN COP28 climate conference in Dubai, stipulates that Vestas will supply wind turbines to Ukraine for the construction of the second stage of the windfarm, consisting of 64 WTGs each rated 6 MW, total capacity of 384 MW. The investment amounts to €450 million and is to be financed by the company and leading banks under state guarantees.

The first stage, with a capacity of 114 MW was commissioned in the spring.

The plant 500 MWe plant will be capable of generating about 1.7 TWh of electricity annually, avoiding the emission of 1.7 million tons of CO2. DTEK is ready to start construction of stage two in Q2 2024 and expects to complete it by the end of 2025. The installed wind turbines are expected to be connected to the grid in stages from the end of 2024.

The windfarm project is aligned to the broad development of distributed generation across Ukraine. Assets such as wind turbines, which are dispersed over a wide area, have proved to be more resilient during the war and bring Ukraine closer to its ultimate goal of becoming a green energy hub for Europe.