Chinese companies to build solar plant at Chernobyl disaster site

Chinese companies to build solar plant at Chernobyl disaster site

Two Chinese companies plan to build a 1GW solar power plant in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI), a GCL subsidiary, will work with China National Complete Engineering Corp (CCEC) to build the plant in an area which has been off limits since a deadly explosion in 1986.

CCEC will lead the project, which is due to commence construction next year, while GCL-SI will provide and install solar components.

“There will be remarkable social benefits and economic ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy,” GCL-SI chairman Shu Hua said in a press release.

He added the plant is part of the group’s objective to build an international presence.

The Chernobyl reactor, which is due to be covered next year by a US$1.6 billion steel-clad arch, is surounded by a 2,600km2 exclusion zone of forest and marshland.

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