A Chinese clean energy giant, Golden Concord Holdings Limited (GCL) has been selected to build a 1GW solar power plant in Chernobyl exclusion zone to help revive the region. On 26 April 1986 a massive explosion ripped the roof off the fourth reactor at the Soviet nuclear power station, located 95km from Kiev, Ukraine, spreading a radioactive dust cloud over much of Europe. Since then the exclusion zone, comprising all land within a 30-km radius of the plant, has been deemed unevenly contaminated. Now, as part of the Ukrainian government’s longstanding ambition to redevelop the area, GCL has said it will build a 1GW photovoltaic power plant, working with state-owned China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC). CCEC will be the general contractor, managing the overall project, while GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI), a GCL subsidiary, will provide consultancy and planning services, plus the photovoltaics. Construction of the plant will start next year. In the Chernobyl exclusion zone radioactive contamination is concentrated in emergency equipment dumps made in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, and in materials remaining in the destroyed fourth reactor.
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