Krasnodar, 20 June – Yug Times. Our today’s interviewee is Andrei Liashko, regional Deputy Minister of Fuel and Energy Sector and Housing and Communal Services:
“During summer months, the Krasnodar region’s power grid is one of the most heavily laden networks among southern Russian regions. Such situation is caused by a variety of factors: from outdoor heat that needs nonstop work of split-systems and air-conditioners, to millions of holidaymakers making for the seaside. Annually, the load in the Kuban power grid grows by 4 to 7%.
“Last year, the construction of two 220 kV main substations was completed: the Eastern Industrial Zone, and the Novolabinsk Substation. Also, we performed a large-scale reconstruction of the 35 - 100 kV supply main. All these works have improved the quality and reliability of consumer power supply.
“As for the emergency power outages, their number dropped by 7% in 2018, and the number of emergency power recoveries dropped by 11%.
“Regarding heat supply, its peculiarity is that until recently heat was considered exclusively as a social notion rather than a promising business activity. Nonetheless, we managed to prove the private operators that heat supply can be an efficient business activity.
Our list of efficient tools includes upgrading of the fixed assets at the expense of extrabudgetary sources through energy service contracts; investing in one’s own projects; rent (this is when the investor builds a new object instead of the worn one, and then rents it to a specialized heat-supplying company).
“Gazprom Teploenergo as a strategic partner and major investor in the regional heat energy has informed the regional administration that they are prepared to conclude concession agreements and invest in the heat supply systems of Slaviansk, Tikhoretsk and Mostovskoi rayons. Tentatively, the total amount of investment is to exceed 3.5 billion roubles.
“In the nearest years, such an important task as formation of industrial competence for renewable power sources by localization of manufacture of equipment will be resolved in Russia.
“Kuban is considered a national leader in scientific research on solar heat supply. Presently, there are 125 solar power plants operating in the Kuban region, with the total area of solar collectors exceeding 10,000 sq m; 70% of the solar power plants were made in Russia. The largest solar plant, with the area of 600 sq m, is located in the Central Hospital of Ust-Labinsk (300 collectors; thermal design power - 340 kW).
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