Workers wear body armour to install DTEK wind farm in Ukraine

Ukrainian utility DTEK plans to commission the 114MW Tyligulska wind farm in the southern region of Mykolaiv this spring as war forced workers to wear body armour to continue construction.

Tyligulska uses 19 of Vestas’ V162-6.0MW turbines, and is part of a wider 500MW complex DTEK and Vestas are working on.

DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko had recently told reporters that the company had installed more than 100MW of wind power capacity since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, and despite the hardships and disruptions of the war – but had not provided specific details of the project in question.

The Kyiv-headquarted utility today (10 March) said that technicians had to wear body armour in order to continue construction of the Tyligulska wind farm.

Ukraine has lost 90% of its wind capacity during the war as Russia frequently targets its energy system, according to DTEK. 

The country has said it wants to embrace renewable energy and produce 30% of its energy needs from renewables by 2030. 

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