Ihor Syrota, CEO of Ukrhydroenergo, Ukraine’s largest hydropower company, estimated that building a new hydroelectric power plant at the site of the Kakhovka HPP could take at least five years and cost at least one billion hryvnia (around $27 million), according to a statement from the plant’s headquarters.
“In order to build a new power plant, it will take at least five years working 24/7. We also still don’t know the full-scale of the destruction. It’s not only the plant that was damaged, but also passages, and the water and gas supply. This is a complex hydroelectric station, which takes time to develop,” reported Syrota. According to him, construction can start after the war is over. Right now, he says, it’s necessary to barricade the destroyed dam and provide the population, agriculture, and industry with water supplies.
Syrota also added that the energy company’s employees will accumulate water in the reservoirs upstream in order to be able to “fill the Kakhovka reservoir as soon as possible after the end of the occupation.”