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Denmark to contribute to the rehabilitation of the district heating network in Ukraine

Denmark will contribute to the rehabilitation of the district heating network in Ukraine’s city of Kremenchuk with a total investment of 12.7 million euro. Consulting engineering group Ramboll has assisted the rehabilitation project which will provide heating to 25,000 citizens in the Rakivka district and reduce CO2 emissions by 10,500 tonnes. 

Ukraine’s district heating sector is one of the largest in the world, but the infrastructure is getting deteriorated as most of it was built during the Soviet times. In addition to the ageing assets, there is also a challenge related to energy efficiency and the extensive use of fossil fuels generating an extremely large amount of CO2 emissions. 

Thereby, a gradual modernisation of Ukraine’s district heating network is required to maintain energy security and reliability and to provide consumers with cleaner resources to heat their homes. 

“We are happy to be part of this project that will provide the city of Kremenchuk with a more modern district heating network and more advanced technical approaches, such as energy storage,” said Isidore McCormack, Chief Project Manager at Ramboll. “This will have an incredibly positive impact on the citizens, who will have better control over their energy consumption and heating bills while gaining access to a more sustainable and energy-efficient infrastructure.”

Denmark is a leading example in using modern district heating networks for low-carbon heat generation with 100 per cent renewable resources such as domestic waste or surplus heat. The Nordic country not only serves as a great source of inspiration but also as an investment platform for Ukraine’s district heating network rehabilitation. 

A new collaboration between Danish Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance (DSIF) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) will contribute to the rehabilitation of Ukraine’s city of Kremenchuk. Based on a feasibility study, the rehabilitation project includes among many systemic improvements, the installation of a 4 megawatts (MW) biomass boiler utilising the available local resources, the construction of new gas boilers, the replacement of the distribution and transmission pipes and the installation of a new central remote control system and 122 new individual heat substations. 

The project is also actively contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing good health and well-being, gender equality, affordable and clean energy and climate action.

Photo: Ramboll.

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