Electric locomotives at, Odessa station, Ukraine. PPhoto: Wikimedia Commoms

Equipment for solar power plant on rail from China to Ukraine

Electric locomotives at, Odessa station, Ukraine. PPhoto: Wikimedia Commoms

China has launched a container train service for the transportation of a special cargo – equipment for a future solar power plant in Ukraine. The first train should arrive on 2 October, carrying 41 containers.

On a misty afternoon of 18 September, the unusual container train departed from Zhengzhou railway station. Instead of common clothes and electronics, it was loaded with equipment for the Nikopol solar power plant in Ukraine.

The special freight was produced by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and will be delivered by rail to Ukraine in a two-week journey, half the transit time than by seaway. The recipient is DTEK Renewables Company, which operates the renewable energy assets of DTEK, the largest energy holding of Ukraine. “To hurry up the delivery of the components from China the 41-railcar train has taken the route of the New Silk Road”, the company reported.


On 6 April 2018, DTEK Renewables and CMEC signed an agreement for the construction of the 200 MW solar power plant in Nikopol district (Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine). The works started that same month and will be completed end 2018. The total investment of the project amounts to 230 million Euros.

Nikopol solar power plant will be the most powerful plant in Ukraine and among the three largest solar plants in Europe. It will become the second solar power plant among DTEK assets. Last August, the company launched Tryfonivska Solar Power Plant with a capacity of 10 MW. Moreover, DTEK Renewables operates three wind power plants with a total capacity of 500 MW.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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