Ukrenergo Announced Requirements for Fast Start Generation: 8 Starts and 8 Shutdowns a Day

The NEC Ukrenergo announced the requirements for fast start power generation plants under the tender for the construction scheduled by the Ministry of Energy for the autumn of 2020. The national grid system operator believes that gas piston power plants should be used during peak load hours to automatically adjust the frequency with 8 starts and 8 shutdowns a day.

This was announced on May 14, 2020, during a press conference by the Acting Chairman of the NEC Ukrenergo Volodymyr Kudrytskyi.

“We understand that this should be a generation that provides automatic secondary reserves, and, possibly, primary ones, i.e. reserves for automatic frequency maintenance and recovery. This means that it must be a generation with a high rate of response to excitation and with a shortest time of output excitation. We think, first of all, that these can be peak gas power plants, which are able to perform 2 starts from a stopped state and 2 shutdowns during a day. Four operations, in total for a day,” he said.

According to the press-center of TSO, such a generation must start 8 times and fully stop 8 times a day. Ukrenergo is planned to put for the first auction the fast start generation capacity of 500 MW, in particular 100 MW in the Burshtyn TPP Energy Island.

"The presence of such fast start power plants will make it possible to pass the night minimum more comfortably, to integrate, on the one hand, more renewable sources, and, on the other hand, to raise the base load generation by the NNEGC Energoatom in the first place," added the head of the NEC Ukrenergo.

He also noted that today there is only a half-peak generation in the power system, which should remain partially loaded during night, in order to then increase the output capacity for morning and evening peaks. Kudrytskyi noted that energy storage systems should also be deployed into operation.

"They can be used in a number of ways, starting with primary reserves (it's fast-start equipment), and in the long run, as these technologies become cheaper, they could potentially work smoothly to backup daily schedules," he said.

As earlier reported by ExPro, on May 14, 2020, Acting Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Olga Buslavets said that the first tender for fast-start power plants is scheduled for autumn 2020. Saying about the first auction, the Stand-in Minister mentioned the gas-piston generation technology.

17:35 / 14 May, 2020

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