The first phase of the 500-MW onshore wind farm in the Zaporizhey region of Ukraine began operations in May 2020. Penetron crystalline technology was applied to the wind farm’s turbine foundations and power distribution stations to ensure durable concrete structures.
The wind farm was constructed on the shores of the Sea of Azov (a northern extension of the Black Sea) in Prymorsk in the Zaporizhey oblast in Ukraine. Phase one of the project encompassed installation of the first 27 wind turbines (3.8MW each) supplied by GE. The rotor (130 m diameter) and nacelle of each turbine are based on a tubular steel tower set at varied hub heights and anchored by a massive concrete foundation.
One of the Largest Wind Farms in Europe
Once the full capacity of the Prymorsk wind farm goes online by the end of 2021, there will be 167 wind turbines in operation. This will generate enough electricity to power more than 350,000 homes – and help Ukraine meet national energy targets of 11% renewable energy generation. The generated power will be sold to Energorynok, the Ukrainian state energy enterprise.
Phase one construction of the Prymorsk wind farm included not only 27 turbine towers, but also a 150kV central power distribution station and two 150/35/10kV substations featuring the latest digital substation (DS) technology.
Topical Application Blocks Moisture
EDS-Engineering, the waterproofing contractor for the Prymorsk project, applied PENETRON to the concrete structures of the towers, distribution station and substations.
PENETRON is an integral crystalline waterproofing material that is applied to the positive or negative side of concrete structures. Once it’s part of the surface, the crystalline technology successfully blocks any moisture penetration to reduce permeability, increase density and promote active self-healing for waterproofing. This protects concrete structures at the wind farm from exposure to the elements and chloride attack from the adjacent Sea of Azov.
Specialists from Penetron Ukraine provided constant support at the construction site, facilitating the project’s progress. The first phase was completed on time – to the delight of the client.