Construction of new HPP may cost about $1 billion - Ministry of Economy

Construction of new HPP may cost about $1 billion - Ministry of Economy

The construction of a new hydroelectric power plant could cost about $1 billion, as it is not only about installing new hydraulic units, but also about restoring the integrity of a huge dam.

The press service of the Ministry of Economy reports this, according to Ukrinform.

"Russia has once again proved to the world that it is a terrorist state, as the blowing up of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant will entail environmental and economic consequences, as well as a great threat to radiation and food supply. The cost of building a new HPP could cost about $1 billion, as it is not only about installing new hydraulic units, but also about restoring the integrity of a huge dam. It will take at least five years to restore the dam alone, and the cumulative effect of the humanitarian and environmental consequences of the explosion will only increase," commented Yuliia Svyrydenko, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Economy of Ukraine.

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The Ministry of Economy notes that the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam, organized by the Russian occupiers, can be called one of the largest technogenic disasters in Europe in the last decades. As a result of another crime of the Russian Federation, 80 settlements may be flooded, part of the flora and fauna of the Kherson region may be destroyed, several million people may be left without drinking water, food safety and other catastrophic consequences may be threatened.

"The international community must act as tough as possible against Russia. Now Ukraine needs the fastest possible assistance in minimizing and eliminating the consequences of the explosion in the interests of all humanity. First and foremost, we are talking about dismantling and rebuilding the entire new hydroelectric power plant complex from scratch. According to preliminary estimates by the Ministry of Environment and the State Environmental Inspectorate, water resources have been damaged by UAH 2 billion. The amount will only increase," emphasized Svyrydenko.

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A headquarters has already been set up to deal with the consequences of Russia's explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, headed by Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko.

The government has allocated 120 million UAH to the State Agency of Water Resources for the sustainable supply of drinking water to residents of Mykolaiv and 845 million UAH to provide drinking water to residents of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Mykolaiv and Dnipro regions. 1.5 billion UAH has also been allocated for the construction of new water mains. This is to provide Kryvyi Rih, Nikopol and Marhanets with drinking water. The regions have been provided with specialized equipment for water supply and post-treatment systems.

As reported, on June 6, Russian troops blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant. As a result of the explosion of the engine room from the inside, the station was completely destroyed. Due to the explosion of the reservoir, there is a risk of flooding of energy facilities in the Kherson region, including the Kherson CHP plant. Evacuation of the population from potential flood areas has begun.

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