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Chinese investments for alternative power engineering in Mogilev Oblast

21 March 2013

MOGILEV (BelTA) – Mogilev Oblast intends to develop alternative power engineering using Chinese investments. The Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee and China Nuclear Power Engineering Company (CNPEC) signed an agreement on cooperation on 21 March. The document was signed by Mogilev Oblast Governor Mr Piotr Rudnik and CNPEC Deputy Director General Mr Zhang Chibo, BelTA has learned.

The Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee will authorize CNPEC to implement projects for the construction of solar panel power generators with the total capacity of at least 300MW in the oblast till 31 December 2018 and guarantees assistance in the company’s investment efforts in the Republic of Belarus.

Piotr Rudnik remarked that the signed agreement is the basis for long-term versatile and mutually beneficial cooperation. Mogilev Oblast is interested in getting projects involving pure energy implemented as soon as possible. There are plans to sign an investment contract with the Chinese company in September 2013 to implement a pilot project for the construction of a power plant that will use solar panels and will be able to generate 10MW of electricity in the free economic zone Mogilev. There are plans to open a factory to make solar panels there by the end of 2015.

As many as six or seven additional locations are necessary to implement consequent projects that envisage the commissioning of solar panel power plants with the capacity of at least 10MW every year till 2018. Piotr Rudnik suggested using six districts affected by the Chernobyl disaster for it. “Pure energy is very important for these territories,” said the Governor. “Thorough support will be provided for such projects”.

In turn, Zhang Chibo thanked the Mogilev Oblast administration for active joint work on cooperation avenues and pointed out possible problems regarding the implementation of the agreement, including future changes of prices for the electricity generated by renewable sources, the utilization of power plant equipment, the development of common safety standards for the facilities to be built, and other things.

“Our company is more intent on the public result, better economic relations with Belarus and other countries than money making,” stressed Zhang Chibo. “This is why quality, safety, and partnership are the key values of our work. I am confident that in the near future the bright sun of Mogilev Oblast will generate economic and public profits”.

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