On 30 May-1 June 2018 the official Ukrainian delegation headed by Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Ihor Nasalik visited Copenhagen, Denmark. The visit was organised within the framework of the Danish and Ukrainian governments’ collaboration on energy and in accordance with the Agreement on development and action cooperation of the Ukrainian-Danish Energy Center (UDEC, http://www.udec.org. ua). The Ukrainian delegation was comprised of Olga Buslavets, General Director of the Energy Markets Directorate of Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Olga Belkova, Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety, Serhiy Savchuk, Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, and representatives from the mayor offices of Kyiv, Kalush and Chernihiv. The Ukrainian Wind Energy Association - the only non-governmental professional association included in the government delegation - was represented by its Chairman of the Board Andriy Konechenkov.
During visit the Ukrainian delegation had meetings with the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate (http://en.efkm.dk), Lars Chr. Lilleholt and Acting Director General of the Danish Energy Agency (http://en-press.ens.dk) Martin Hansen to discuss the status on the Danish-Ukrainian energy cooperation. The annual UWEA’s edition “Wind Market Overview 2017” was presented to the Danish officials.
Status of wind sector in Ukraine was also discussed during a meeting with Anders Erik Runevad, VESTAS Group President and Director General, and Nils De Baar, President of Vestas Central Europe (https://www.vestas.com). In particular, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Igor Nasalik proposed to manufacture towers for Vestas wind turbines in Ukraine. Ukraine has all necessary prerequisites for establishing such manufacture including the availability of raw materials. Local production of towers, in turn, will lead to a reduction in manufacturing and logistics costs.
Future development of Ukraine's energy sector is directly related to foreign investments and creation of new jobs.
The UDEC’s programme for 2018-2020 foresees the involvement of Danish experts to assist Ukraine in creating a wind power forecasting system. There are several options for such cooperation and assistance including setting up an Analytical and Settlement Center (for example, on the basis of a Guaranteed Purchaser) or an Ukrainian-Danish Joint Venture to provide market participants with electricity generation forecasting services based on qualitative data.
Ukrainian delegation visited a waste-to-energy plant Amager_Bakke (https://www.a-r-c.dk/amager-bakke) in Copenhagen. The plant opened in 2017, treats around 400,000 tonnes of waste annually produced by 500,000-700,000 inhabitants and at least 46,000 companies. Such projects clearly demonstrate how profitable it is to use waste to solve energy, environmental and economic issues of cities. The plant's electricity capacity is 63 MW while heat capacity comes to 247 MW, it delivers electricity to 50 000 households and heat - to 120 000 holds.
It's worth saying that the plant is also used as a back-up capacity to balance the electricity generated from wind and solar plants located in the area.