French energy giant ENGIE pledges interest in investing in the construction of a solar power plant on the territory of the exclusion zone. This was stated by Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak. He reiterated that the French company had appealed to the Ukrainian government after it announced its intention to develop renewable energy sources in the Chernobyl zone.
«Ukrainian and French specialists are already conducting work on preparation of a feasibility study for the project, which should be completed by the end of the year. The visit of representatives of ENGIE Group to Kyiv confirmed that the negotiations are successful and supported by the Ukrainian Government», said Ostap Semerak and added that ENGIE together with the French government allocated funds for the first feasibility study to explore development opportunities of renewable energy in the exclusion zone.
Moreover, the Minister is convinced that the effective implementation of renewable energy projects in the exclusion zone has an important socio-economic component to overcome the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.