29 Jul '16, 4pm

Chernobyl solar plant has to be bankable and safe, warns EBRD

Chernobyl solar plant has to be bankable and safe, warns EBRD

Chernobyl memorial to the nuclear disaster, with reactor in the background. Credit: Ben Willis. The European Bank has warned plans to redevelop the contaminated nuclear site at Chernobyl in Ukraine as a solar energy plant face hard questions in terms of its bankability and environmental standards. The Ukrainian government is courting investors to build a 4GW solar plant within the Chernobyl ‘exclusion zone’, the 30 kilometre area cordoned off around the original nuclear reactor hall that exploded in 1986. It is pushing for a six-month schedule of work, including financing. In recent months, Ukraine’s environment minister Ostap Semerak has visited the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). His plans for redevlopment of the site have also been issued to investment firms in the US, Canada and the UK. The EBRD said it will consider co-funding provided other i...

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