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Canada to Help Modernize Power Plant in Ukraine

Ottawa, April 29 (NCA/MacIvor) - One of Canada's provincial utilities, Saskatchewan Power Corporation, has been awarded a 3.5-million-dollar contract to modernize a thermal power plant in Ukraine.

It is part of an international effort to help Ukraine improve its energy sector before the closure of the Chernobyl nuclear complex - promised by the year 2000.

SaskPower Commercial, the commercial arm of the utility, will take part in a 400-million dollar project funded by the World Bank to rehabilitate three coal-fired units at Ukraine's Krivoi Rog thermal plant.

Saskatchwan's Energy Minister, Eldon Lautermilch, tells RFE/RL that "SaskPower's expertise in environmental standards and operating efficiencies dealing with coal-fired plants will prove invaluable." And, he says, the potential for further deals "is huge because Ukraine has 40 coal-fired plants."