China wants to start construction projects in Chernobyl, Ukrainian mass media report. Two energy corporations from China - GCL System Integration Technology and China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC) - announced an intention to build a solar-powered electric power station in Chernobyl's exclusion zone.
The construction may start as early as next year. The capacity of the solar power plant is said to exceed 1 GW, which is twice the capacity of all solar power plants in Ukraine today.
CCEC will act as the general contractor, while GCL-SI will provide consulting and planning services, as well as photovoltaic installations. A senior representative of GCL-SI said that the project was one of the key steps in the international strategy of the corporation.
The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine has confirmed the information about the construction, although Ukrainian officials did not clarify any details about either the terms or the power of the power plant.
The exclusion zone is a 30-kilometer zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Free access to the area is prohibited. The territory was heavily contaminated after the Chernobyl accident.
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