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Rossetti to Create the Federal Test Center of the Russian Federation until the End of 201

Rossetti to Create the Federal Test Center of the Russian Federation until the End of 201 29.10.2013

This was reported at the presentation of the project in the framework of the II International Innovation Forum UPGRID 2013 entitled Power Grids Sector. Innovation. Development by the First Deputy Director General for Technical Policy of JSC Rosseti Roman Berdnikov: 'The test center will be equipped with all necessary equipment and is primarily focused on high-voltage equipment testing. In fact, the existing centers in Russia do not test electric equipment of voltage class of more than 110 kV. The Center is scheduled to get started by the end of 2017'. Roman Berdnikov also added that the estimated cost for the design and construction of the center is 12.7 billion rubles.

Signing of the cooperation agreement of JSC Rossetti and SC "Vnesheconombank" on the joint project implementation of the Federal Test Center opened the business program of the Forum. The main objective of the Agreement is the establishment of the strategic partnership, the development of long-term and effective cooperation between the companies in the implementation of the investment project of the federal test center in the Russian Federation. It is planned that "Vnesheconombank" will allocate 70% of funds for construction of the center through concessional lending. 
Roman Berdnikov noted that 'the main task of the center is to support domestic producers'. Answering journalists' questions, he also said that the construction of the center will be a profitable investment project due to its uniqueness and high demand for it. 'The new test center will conduct all required by domestic and international standards listed qualification tests for new equipment and equipment under development', the Deputy Director General or Technical Policy of JCS Rossetti noted. The Center's equipment will also allow developing testing methods, standards and norms, approbation and verification of calculation methods and check tests of equipment after accidents and technological violations.

After signing the agreement, Deputy Chairman of SC "Vnesheconombank" Anatoly Ballo said that 'the construction of the test center will create conditions in which Russian developments will be actively implemented in the power grids sector. We hope that this project will contribute to the development of export potential of the entire industry'.

The emergence of the test center in Russia 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.

According to Roman Berdnikov, 'future center will be located in St. Petersburg'. The determinants in decision-making were the availability of the necessary infrastructure, logistic issues of shipping the equipment for testing, the availability of competent personnel and land resources in the region.

The emergence of the federal test center in Russia will improve the efficiency of the entire electric grid sector, will help to reduce the share of imports in the procurement of equipment and the development of competition in the market of electrical equipment. And last but not least - it will become a barrier for poor-quality electrical products in the Russian market. 

For Reference:
The independent test centers existing Russian do not provide testing in accordance with current technical requirements of foreign and domestic standards, and are limited in voltage class. Thus, the lack of testing facilities is compensated by expensive tests in foreign centers or the equipment parameters are confirmed by calculating methods which do not guarantee reliable operation of the equipment under actual service conditions, or restrictions are imposed for the certification on the scope of permissible equipment. 
Currently, research institutes and electrotechnical companies in Russia are limited in the ability to create new technologies, and the Russian producers are not able to cover the needs of the industry in the equipment of voltage class over 220 kW, so much of the investment is directed to the purchase of imported equipment. In this regard, there is technological dependence on foreign market and foreign test centers in power grids sector.

In economic terms, this situation provokes an increase in the cost of power equipment, while provided the availability of own test center, savings for the investment program would amount to 2-3 bn rubles per year. But, more importantly, because of the inability to carry out the whole complex of tests in Russia the damage caused by accidents at power facilities as a result of equipment failure which is not completely tested is estimated at 1 billion rubles.

In addition, the process of testing in foreign and domestic centers takes a long period of up to six months. The time for negotiation of the contract for testing in foreign centers is 3-4 months, in Russian - one month.

Available test facilities in the country will allow predicting the launch of comparable in terms of quality domestic counterparts in the market. The absence of additional transport costs, customs duties and taxes in foreign test centers will result in decline in the market price by 10-15%.

Currently, power grid companies are in the greatest need for the equipment testing. Primarily, this are climatic testing, DC, equipment resistance testing to short circuit, endurance tests, mechanical and safety tests.

In the short term, the creation of a single test center must meet the current demand in the Russian market, entering the Asian and European markets will be considered in future as well as consolidation of the international positions in the market of testing high-voltage electrical equipment.

In the scientific segment the test center will allow carrying out research testing of prototypes and pre-production samples of new electrical products, and the industry will in this respect get the opportunity of development of domestic companies producing equipment of voltage class more than 110 kV; the system of intradepartmental certification, an industry-wide system of appointment and certification indicators' confirmation will be optimized.


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