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Russian government reports power industry development in Siberia, Far East

March 20, 2014, 16:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian government has reported on measures aimed at development of electric power industry in Siberia and the Far East, as well as the fulfillment of tasks to ensure reliable energy supply consumers. The work is being carried out pursuant to the president’s instruction of September 18, 2013, the official Cabinet website reports.

Thus, the JSC RusHydro is completing the restoration of the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydropower Plant (SSHPP) and is building new hydropower facilities (Ust-Srednekansk HPP in the Magadan region, Nizhne-Bureiskaya HPP in the Amur region, Boguchanskaya HPP in Krasnoyarsk Krai),” according to the website. “For purposes of the replacement of the retired generating capacities, the construction of four thermal power plants (TPS) is underway (combined heat and power plant (CHPP) in the city Sovetskaya Gavan in Khabarovsk Krai, second stage of the Blagoveshchensk CHPP in the Amur region, Yakutsk GRES-2 power plant (first stage) in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Sakhalin GRES-2 (first stage) in the Sakhalin region).”

JSC FGC UES (Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System) is implementing projects for the construction of long-haul transmission networks, for example: the 500 kV HV overhead power line Zeyiskaya HPP - Amurskaya - state border (512 km) for the electricity export to China; the 500 kV HV line Voskhod - Ishim (Vityaz) - Kurgan (600 km), uniting the Urals and Siberian energy systems; the 500 kV HV line Kamala — Yenisei — Itatskaya (442 km) for the reinforcement of the system transit, uniting the Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk and Kuzbass energy systems; the 220 kV HV line Neryungrinskaya GRES - Nizhny Kuranakh — Tommot — Maya (757 km), ensuring the connection of the isolated central energy district of Yakutia to the Unified Energy System of Russia.

The Cabinet named among the priority tasks of ensuring reliable energy supply to consumers in the Far East and Baikal region the removal of the status “region with high risks of electric power supply disruption in the autumn-winter period from the Bodaibinsky and Mamsko-Chuisky energy districts of the Irkutsk region; energy supply to the region’s industrial consumers, including lifting the transmission capacity restrictions at the sections of the Eastern range of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) and Trans-Siberian Railway (TransSib); the replacement of the retiring generating capacities in the Chaun-Bilibinsky generating centre of the Chukotka Autonomous Area.

“To remove the ‘high-risk region’ status from the Bodaibinsky and Mamsko-Chuisky energy districts it is necessary to take a number of measures for the construction of substations and overhead transmission lines, including carried out within the framework of energy supply to the Eastern Siberia - Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline system,” the government said. “Due to the fact that the construction of the above power network facilities is also closely connected to the development of the Eastern range of BAM and TransSib, it is planned to implement it in a complex project aimed at the “development of the electricity network infrastructure in Eastern Siberia and in the Far East, also linked with the expansion of the transmission capacity of BAM and Trans-Sib.”

A number of facilities of FGC UES is planned to be built within the framework of this complex project for energy supply of the Eastern range of BAM and TransSib and energy supply to industrial consumers.

In addition, after the JSC Russian Railways (RZD) determines the final energy supply demand of the rail infrastructure of the Eastern range of BAM and TransSib, the necessary measures for the construction and reconstruction of railway substations will be planned.

“For energy supply of the Chaun-Bilibinsky generation centre of the Chukotka Autonomous Area it is necessary to build an energy centre in the city of Bilibino in order to replace the retired capacities of the Bilibinskaya nuclear power plant,” the Cabinet added. In addition, RusHydro plans a set of measures to extend the service life of the Chaunskaya CHPP in Pevek.

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