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.
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.
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.