Rosseti and the Italian CESI to Establish the Federal Test Center in Russia

Rosseti and the Italian CESI to Establish the Federal Test Center in Russia 26.11.2013

JSC Rossetti and the international testing laboratory CESI S.p.A. agreed to cooperate in the establishing of the Federal Testg Center of electrical equipment in Russia. The relevant agreement was signed by the Director General of JSC Rossetti Oleg Budargin and CEO of CESI S.p.A. Matteo Codazzi on November 26 as part of the eighth round of Russian-Italian extended interstate consultations at the highest level in Trieste (Italy).

The Project of the Federal Test Center (FTC) is realized by JSC Rosseti in accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation. The new FTC will conduct all required by domestic and international standards listed qualification tests for equipment, both new and under development, for power grids sector. The Center's equipment will also allow to develop testing methods, standards and norms, approbation and verification of calculation methods and routine tests of equipment after accidents and technological violations.

The emergence in Russia of the world-class test center will, first of all, have a positive impact on the level of energy security of the country, will help improve power grid reliability and increase the competitiveness of Russian producers at the domestic and international levels, will raise efficiency of the entire power grids sector, as well as to create a barrier for poor-quality electrical products to the Russian market. 
It is no accident that CESI became the partner of JSC Rosseti. International testing laboratory CESI S.p.A. is one of the leading companies in the world specializing in the testing and certification of electromechanical and electrical equipment and providing consulting services in the field of power generation, transmission and distribution.

Under the concluded agreement on cooperation Rossetti plans to adapt the best practices of CESI with regard to the Russian test center. The agreement provides for cooperation between the parties in the organization of design and construction of FTC in Russia, and further - its accreditation in the International Association of Testing Laboratories STL, as well as cooperation in the field of research and development, exchange of experience in testing various types of electrical equipment and certification of electrical products in Russia and abroad. In addition, the cooperation in the field of education, training and professional development of the administrative and technical personnel of test centers in Italy and Russia is projected.

It is expected that by the end of 2013 the amount of equipment required for the design and construction of FTC will be determined, and in February 2014 the companies will approve a detailed roadmap containing the whole list of all the necessary works and terms of their implementation.

As a part of visit to Italy, the delegation of JSC Rossetti also visited the headquarters of CESI in Milan. The representatives of the power grid holding acquainted with the work of the test center, and also held a working meeting with the management of the Italian power grid laboratory.

As noted in the course of negotiations, the work on the creation of the Federal Test Center is only the first step to establish a long-term strategic partnership between the Rossetti Group of Companies and CESI S.p.A.

'It is very important for us to work on the creation of a test center with such an experienced and reputable company as CESI,' Oleg Budargin noted. 'Today, during the reform of the electric grid sector, advanced foreign experience will be useful for us not only in creating a large test site which meets all international standards, but also in the field of energy saving, the development of intelligent grids. A separate area of cooperation could be the development and implementation of EHV power bridges projects, including intergovernmental ones. I am convinced that Rossetti found a reliable partner – CESI, and a large amount of teamwork is waiting for us,' the Head of Rossetti said.

In turn Mattino Codazzi stressed that it is a great honour for CESI to participate in the implementation of such an ambitious project: 'We are glad that we have an opportunity to begin developing a long-term cooperation with the Rossetti Group of Companies. We will endeavour for more than 50 years of experience of our company to help the world's largest electric grid holding company not only to build a unique test center, but to ensure its operation in future. We see a new strategic partner in Rossetti and are ready to develop cooperation. We also see the introduction of smart grid, smart metering technology, creating power bridges as in Russia as the most promising areas in future'.

The heads of the companies have decided to establish a joint working group on long-term cooperation. As soon as in December its first meeting will be held in Moscow. Following the results of the experts signing an agreement on long-term strategic partnership between the two companies is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014. 

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