On November 29, 2013, the management of JSC Russian Grids participated in the Joint Meeting of Council at the Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Siberian Federal District and of the Council of the Interregional Association of Economic Cooperation of the Russian Federation “Siberian Agreement” on the prospects of grid development in Siberia. The event was chaired by the Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Siberian Federal District, Viktor Tolokonsky. The meeting was attended by regional district governors, leaders of representative government, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Kravchenko, and the representatives of energy companies.
Addressing the participants of the meeting, the General Director of Russian Grids, Oleg Budargin, noted that in recent years the whole of Siberia has done extensive work on the formation of new grid development tempo. “A lot of experience in the area of construction, engineering, scientific activities has been gathered. Russian Grids Group of Companies is doing everything in the region to ensure that the grids are reliable and develop at a faster rate, in comparison to the other sectors of the economy. There have been achieved significant amounts of modernization and technical development. Some serious long-term plans are to be implemented,” said the head of the grid holding.
The Head of Russian Grids also noted that the implementation of new projects in the electric grid in Siberia is to be occurring on the background of zero growth rates. However, at the same time, he said, energy leaders should not allow a decline in the volume, modernization and development tempo, as it will reduce the growth of the entire economy of the Siberian Federal District.
Oleg Budargin emphasized that despite the upcoming operating companies’ decrease of investments, in terms of money; Russian Grids are doing their utmost to preserve them in terms of cash value. “First of all, this can be achieved by reducing costs, which are still quite large, as well as by audits, approved by investment programs: the applications for the construction of more than 30% of the accepted for execution projects are withdrawn due to the applicant’s initiative. Moreover, here there are serious reserves too. New conditions put before us raise the necessity of forming investment programs based on real development plans of the territory. In addition, it is necessary to actively attract private investment institutions and to apply the public-private partnership schemes. In addition, regional authorities should take an active part here,” said the head of the grid holding.
During the meeting, the participants discussed a wide range of issues related to the electric grid complex’s prospects for development in Siberia as a whole, as well as, individual projects.
In addition, special attention was paid to the activities of territorial grid organizations and justification of tariff decisions made at the regional level. As it was noted at the meeting, it is common with Siberia that by the decision of Regional Grid Commission, the regional private grid companies that do not have a significant impact on the energy security of the region get a better rate than the backbone enterprises.
Summing up the meeting, Viktor Tolokonsky said, “The energy network is somewhat different from other infrastructure monopolies.”
“The electric grid complex is as close as possible to the interests of the spheres of the regions, where it is necessary to find the most accurate solutions,” said the Presidential Plenipotentiary on the Siberian Federal District.
He urged the leaders of the district entities to take seriously the issues and problems of network companies, and requested that everything that had been written in the protocol at the meeting to have the most practical orientation.
Following the meeting, the management of JSC Russian Grids will hold bilateral meetings with the heads of the Siberian Federal District to discuss the issues raised at the meeting.
By 2018, JSC Russian Grids plan to invest about 70 billion rubles into Siberia’s electricity, by building and reconstructing more than 100 objects. This will not only improve the reliability of power supply and reduce electricity losses, but will develop power substations to meet the needs of the economy, as well as will reduce the rate of increase in electricity tariffs.
Currently, in accordance with the strategic plans of the Government of the Russian Federation and the framework of the federal target program “Economic and social development of the Far East and the Baikal region for the period until 2018”, Russian Grids, in the Siberian Federal District, will implement energy projects for new metallurgical industries, will develop special economic zones in Buryatia, will build a major Eastern Siberia–Pacific Ocean export oil pipeline and Rosneft’ s new objects. Moreover, some works are going into the improvement of external power supply to Russian Railways objects.
A number of projects are to be implemented by attracting non-tariff sources, including private investment and sources from the Russian National Wealth Fund.
By 2020, it is planned to provide additional capacity output of 10 GW of generating capacity, to put into operation 23,000 MegaVolt Ampere of transformer capacity, to build 9,500 kilometers of transmission lines in the Siberian Federal District.
In addition, currently on the Trans-Baikal Krai they are working on the creation of a single repair base of Russian Grids Group of Companies in Siberia and the Far East. Similar projects are currently being implemented in the North Caucasus and in the Kemerovo Oblast. This will give additional impetus to the development of related industries in the territory, due to the concentration and reduction of transport problems, the region will receive a competitive advantage.