MOSCOW — American investor-backed LNK has added the fifth biogas power facility to the already four operating in war-torn Ukraine. Since the outset of the LNK presence in Ukraine the company has seen the country’s need to gain more energy independence and sought to help provide more sources for domestic energy.
In the opening ceremony, attended among other notables by the legendary pugilist and now mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko and the first Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk, speakers expressed hope that the green facility will mark the Russian gas-dependent country’s transition to sustainable energy.
Acknowledging that the other biogas plants are “doing so far quite good,” Vladimir Bannov, a representative of the LNK Ukraine affiliate, did not elaborate on the capacity and cost of the recent plant citing the commercial sensitivity of the information. LNK’s first biogas power plant was built on a landfill in the Kiev region of Ukraine back in 2011.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, who also attended the opening ceremony, noted that “a biogas power plant is a small but important step towards Ukrainian energy independence.”
“This is an evidence of trust and confidence of American investors in the prospects of Ukraine and, in particular, of the Kiev region as an investment place. U.S. supports such investments. Today in the United States 636 such plants operate, which catch over one million cubic meters of methane per day. Such projects greatly contribute to the United States energy independence. I hope this project and similar projects in the future will help Ukraine achieve its energy independence.”
President of Ukraine’s Renewable Energy Association, Vitali Davij, also praised the latest renewable facility in the country.
“Today Ukraine as never before needs an active and effective implementation of the principles of sustainable development in the energy sector, in particular as far as the development of renewable energy is concerned. Ukraine is tethered to Russia in gas supplying, and supplying nuclear fuel to Ukraine. The only way to avoid the destructive reliance is to set a fundamentally new model of energy supply for the country,” said Davij.
Not only is LNK tackling the energy crisis in Ukraine, but the biogas facilities also help reduce methane emissions as outlined in the Kyoto Protocol, adopted by the UN Framework Convention and signed by Ukraine.
“In today’s challenging situation, it is not easy to find investors in Ukraine. We are grateful to those who believe in the future of Ukraine and invest money. The opening of this station is a crucial step in solving environmental challenges of Kiev region. I am sure that in the nearest time similar initiatives will be implemented,” said Klitschko.
“LNK is implementing landfill degassing technology and utilizing the resulting biogas not by its irrational burning in flares, but rather by electricity generation,” said LNK co-founder Felix Bendersky in a statement. “This advanced technology allows us to help solve an important environmental problem, alongside supplying electricity to the energy market of Ukraine. We are already planning a number of more sites in other cities which will also create additional jobs and increased tax revenues to local and regional budgets.”
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