Dobrotvir power station

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Dobrotvir power station (ДТЕК Добротвірська ТЕС) is an operating power station of at least 360-megawatts (MW) in Staryi Dobrotvir, Kamianka-Buzka, Lviv, Ukraine with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Dobrotvir power station Staryi Dobrotvir, Kamianka-Buzka, Lviv, Ukraine 50.214293, 24.374654 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 5, Unit 6, Unit 7, Unit 8: 50.214293, 24.374654
  • Unit 9: 50.21337, 24.375

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 5 operating coal - unknown 100 subcritical 1960
Unit 6 operating coal - unknown 100 subcritical 1961
Unit 7 mothballed[1] coal - unknown 150 subcritical 1963
Unit 8 operating coal - unknown 160 subcritical 1964
Unit 9 cancelled coal - bituminous 600 ultra-supercritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 5 DTEK Westenergy JSC [100.0%]
Unit 6 DTEK Westenergy JSC [100.0%]
Unit 7 DTEK Westenergy JSC [100.0%]
Unit 8 DTEK Westenergy JSC [100.0%]
Unit 9 DTEK Westenergy JSC [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Lviv Volyny coalfield


The 510 MW Dobrotvirska power plant is owned by DTEK Zakhidenergo, part of DTEK Energy.[2][3] DTEK Zakhidenergo was renamed DTEK Westenergy JSC.

DTEK Energy is owned by SCM (System Capital Management) Limited.[4]

The power station consists of four operating units (Units 5-8) built from 1961–1964; four of the original units were retired.[5]

The electricity produced by the Dobrotvir TPP is released into the grid of Ukraine and exported to Poland.[6]

In April 2014 DTEK said that the retrofitting of unit 8 was in progress.[7] Unit 8 was expanded to 160 MW in 2014.[5]

In 2007 plant efficiency was reported at 32.49 per cent; by 2014 DTEK reported it between 28 and 30 per cent. As of 2014, coal was transported to Dobrotvirska from DTEK mines in both Donbass and Cervonograd, located 15 kilometres from the plant.[3]

In January 2020, due to unprofitability of the power station, only two of the four power units were operational (but it was not known which ones).[8]

In the first seven months of 2021, there were 20 emergencies at the Dobrotvir power station that required a stoppage of energy production.[9]

Prior Expansion Plans

As of 2013, DTEK Energy planned the construction of three new coal-fired units at Dobrotvir with capacity of 225MW each (675 MW total), replacing older units.[10] It was anticipated that DTEK Zakhidenergo will also construct a cross-border transmission line between Ukraine and Poland. According to the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine, the description of the transmission project states that all power from Dobrotvir would be exported.[10]

Construction of Units 9, 10 and 11 at 225 MW each initially began in 1988 but stopped due to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. A Japanese delegation comprised of representatives from the ITOCHU Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power Services Co. visited the plant in 2010 and 2013, promoting a single ultra-supercritical 600 MW unit at a cost of US$870 million.[3]

In February 2014, ITOCHU Corporation together with Tokyo Electric Power Services released a feasibility study on a Dobrotvir extension, consisting of a 600 MW ultra-supercritical unit. The study estimates commercial operation at 2021.[11]

However, with no news on the project since the feasibility study, the plans appear to be deferred or abandoned.

Environmental Impact

In 2020, the Dobrotvir power station was named as the top polluting enterprises in Lviv Oblast.[12]

The power station frequently releases heated water into the Western Bug River, which caused mass die-offs of fish in 2020[13] and 2021.[14] The power station has also been responsible for leaking toxic chemicals into the river.[15]


In September 2014, CEE Bankwatch Network released a report outlining the coal industry in Ukraine and expressing concern over it. They reported that locals living near the Dobrotvir power plant “are aware of the pollution risks but feel unable to change the situation.” DTEK, claimed that “locals do not complain about operations except when ash” is blown by wind. Residents apparently believe that coal power plants are “less evil” than nuclear plants.[16]

In November 2015, the Heinrich Böll Foundation released a report on the current state of coal use in Ukraine to try to raise awareness and bring attention to the issues related to coal plants. The report urges Ukraine to define the coal sector “very carefully,” including how it deals with the Dobrotvir power plant.[17]

War in Ukraine

As of September 2022, the plant appeared to be operational as it was preparing for the heating season.[18]

In February 2023, it was reported that damage to a critical infrastructure object left the residents of Dobrotvir without electricity and heat.[19] As of November 2023, the 150MW unit at the plant (Unit 7) was said to have critical damage.[20]

Articles and Resources


  1. Archived from the original on 18 February 2024. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ДТЕК ДОБРОТВІРСЬКА ТЕС, DTEK Zakhidenergo, Accessed January 2022
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Dusting off Ukraine's energy sector," Bankwatch, Sep 2014
  4. "SCM Limited". Retrieved January 2023. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Integrated Report," DTEK Annual Report 2014, p. 92
  6. "Добротвірська ТЕС". Wikipedia.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "DTEK Zakhidenergo to pay the state 43.3 million hryvnias in dividends," DTEK, Apr 25, 2014.
  8. Добротвірська ТЕС працює в половину своїх потужностей, Varianty, Jan. 9, 2020
  9. Аварійних зупинок на ТЕС Західенерго побільшало у рази: Держенергонагляд назвав 10 тривожних причин, Daily Lyiv, Sep. 7, 2021
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Ukranian coal projects considered by energy community," National Ecological Centre of Ukraine, April 2013.
  11. Study on Dobrotvirska Coal-Fired Power Extension Project in Dobrotvirska, Ukraine," ITOCHU Corporation, Feb 2014.
  12. Добротвірська ТЕС залишається однією із найбільших забруднюювачів довкілля на Львівщині, Varianty, July 2, 2020
  13. У Добротвірському водосховищі масово загинула риба, Varianty, Aug. 3, 2020
  14. Риба не витримує: Добротвірська ТЕС заявила, що має право нагрівати воду вище 45 градусів, Daily Lyiv, July 26, 2021
  15. Добротвірська ТЕС забруднила мастилами Західний Буг: результати перевірки, Varianty, Apr. 26, 2017
  16. “Dusting off Ukraine’s energy sector”, CEE Bankwatch Network, September 2014.
  17. “Towards the end of the coal age in Ukraine?!”, Oleg Savitsky, November 15, 2015.
  18. "Добротвірська ТЕС активно готується до зими". September 2022. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "Добротвір - без світла і тепла: ракета рф влучила у критичну інфраструктуру". February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. "Скільки тієї зими або Чи вистоїть енергосистема під обстрілами". November 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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