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The unification of the energy system of Chukotka and Magadan region can solve the energy problems of the region - Kopin

The governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Region, Roman Kopin, said at the meeting of the board of the Ministry of Eastern and Eastern Development that the effectiveness of the territories of priority development of Chukotka is directly dependent on the energy infrastructure of the region.

The district’s power system is outdated and holds back the full development of industry and the region’s economy, the governor’s press service reports. This is manifested in electricity tariffs that reach 12 RUB / kWh. For comparison, in the Magadan region, the indicator averages 4 rubles / kWh.

Chukotka is also facing the problem of energy shortage - the existing facilities are not able to meet the needs of the projected industries. The situation is aggravated by the need to replace the retired generating capacities of the Bilibino NPP and Chanu CHPP.

The government, in response to this challenge, has worked out a number of energy development scenarios for the region.

- Comparative analysis showed that the most effective is the unification of the isolated power systems of Chukotka and the Magadan region due to the construction of a single-circuit overhead power transmission line with a voltage of 220 kV Omsukchan-Bilibino and the installation of a floating nuclear power plant in Pevek, if the state corporation Rosatom completes the station project by 2019 year, - said the head of the region and clarified that, according to the plan, for the implementation of these projects until 2025, the required volume of investments is 37,8 billion rubles.

According to Roman Kopin, this scenario of Chukotka energy development has a number of strategic advantages that can give impetus to the development of industry and the economy, not only the region, but also the neighboring Magadan region.

- The implementation of the projects will make it possible to use the excess capacities of the Magadan energy system, to form an optimal tariff for the end consumers of the district in Chukotka, and this, in turn, will make it possible to abandon the subsidy from the federal budget, which annually amounts to about 1 billion rubles. Also, this strategy will allow attracting over 106 billion rubles. private investment, create more than 15 thousand jobs and provide electricity to the largest projects of the Chaun-Bilibino industrial region, the governor emphasized.

In addition, he noted that the introduction of these projects will increase the region's GRP by 45 billion rubles. (92%) and tax revenues on 9,2 billion rubles, which will make the district non-contributory.

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