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Test by wind

Japanese companies invest in a wind farm in Kamchatka

Test by wind

On November 18, an agreement was signed between the government of the Kamchatka Territory, RAO ES of the East, and representatives of the Japanese organization NEDO on the construction of three wind turbines in the region. The executive director of NEDO Munehiko Tsuchiya opened project details.

- Mr. Tsuchiya, please tell us what is the essence of this project?

- The project includes the construction of three wind power plants in the Ust-Kamchatka region, as well as the creation of a Smart Grid system, which will effectively synchronize the operation of the wind power system and diesel power generators. As part of the project, the Japanese side represented by NEDO and Mitsui & Co, Komaihaltec Inc. and Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., to which the government organization delegates its powers, bears the main costs associated with the manufacture and supply of three wind turbines with a capacity of 300 kW each, as well as construction and installation works in Ust-Kamchatsk. The Government of the Kamchatka Territory carries out the overall coordination of the project, promotes the solution of corporate and land issues. In turn, RAO Energy Systems of the East Holding bears the costs of customs duties and import payments, as well as the transportation of equipment across the territory of the Kamchatka Territory.

- What prospects for bilateral cooperation does the project in Ust-Kamchatka open?

- I should note that a project of this kind is the first attempt to use Japanese equipment in a severe climate. Naturally, this will be the first experience for the manufacturer. If you look more broadly, as regards the activities of our organization NEDO, then we are extremely interested in implementing such projects, since they are connected both with the use of renewable energy sources and the preservation of the ecological situation in the region.

- NEDO is a Japanese government organization, at the same time, the Japanese government has sanctioned Russia against Russia. How was it possible to protect the project so that it would not be stopped in the current situation?

- The NEDO organization was established under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry of Japan. In fact, the organization is an independent legal entity and does not depend on those political decisions that the Japanese government takes at its level. Of course, today we are working in close contact with the Ministry of Industry and Economics of Japan, as this is a technical cooperation. Still need to look forward. We believe that the use of new energy sources and the preservation of the ecological situation in a particular region is a very important mission that we want to fulfill and which we will fulfill, thanks to the first project in the territory of the Kamchatka Territory.

- From the position of an external expert, what can you say about the investment climate in the Far East. What should we pay attention to? What would you advise us?

- I would like you to understand correctly that NEDO is an organization that promotes technical issues. That is, we decide what kind of technological assistance Japanese companies can provide to one or another region. Our activity is not related to the solution of any political or economic issues. We, in particular, come to the place where the next project is being carried out with the participation of Japanese companies, and moreover, leading companies in some technological field. We look at what specific conditions exist, what problems arise - and help these companies. Japan today is proud of its global technology, and we are looking at how they can be applied in conditions that are not typical of our country. If it becomes possible to carry out other projects together with Russia, we will continue to work. 

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