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The development of a new field will help Chukotka reduce the electricity tariff by almost 5 rubles

The development of the Kekura field in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug will allow the region to increase the utilization rate of the installed capacity of the Bilibino NPP by 20%, which will entail a decrease in the electricity tariff from 13 rubles. kWh up to 8,2-9,0 rubles. The Governor of Chukotka, Roman Kopin, spoke about this at the end of a meeting with the plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev on the development of nuclear energy in the Far East. The meeting, which was also attended by the Governor of Primorsky Territory Vladimir Miklushevsky and General Director of the State Atomic Energy Corporation "Rosatom" Sergei Kirienko, was held in Vladivostok.

As Roman Kopin noted, the plenipotentiary emphasized the special role of atomic energy in the economy of the Far East, the press service of the head of the region reports.

- Accelerated development of territories is impossible without a developed energy industry. This is the problem that hinders the development. For Chukotka, nuclear power is especially important. I will mention two numbers: 16% in Russia of the total energy falls on nuclear, in the Far East - this is only 0,4%. This suggests that we have something to do. And Rosatom will help us with this, - said Yuri Trutnev.

To date, remarked Roman Kopin, nuclear power in Chukotka is an extremely expensive resource. However, if we increase the load on Bilibino NPP, increase the utilization factor of the installed capacity from 40-50% to 60-70%, the tariff for the consumer will significantly decrease.

- The decision of such a question can be the development of the Kekura field. The required amount of electricity for these purposes will increase the consumption in the power system by 83 million kWh, the load of BNPP will increase by 90 million kWh, that is, the output will increase from 170-200 million kWh to 260-300. This will entail a reduction in the tariff for electricity for consumers to an average of 8,6 rubles. per kWh, as well as a reduction in the volume of budget subsidies for the difference in tariffs by about 290-430 million rubles. a year with the necessary today 1 063 million rubles., - compared the governor.

A similar development of events, Roman Kopin believes, is expected in the case of a floating nuclear power plant, which he plans to install at Rosatom in Pevek.

- The more we load it, the less the final tariff for the consumer, the governor said.

According to Roman Kopin, the key decision in the field of energy should be the unification of two isolated power systems - Chukotka and Magadan. This will give a positive effect to both subjects.

- For the Magadan region, this is an opportunity to use excess capacity, and for Chukotka, to use relatively cheap electric power from the hydropower stations of the Kolyma cascade, the head of the region noted.

Roman Kopin is convinced that solving the problem of expensive energy resources in Chukotka will have a powerful impact on the economic situation in the region, including the investment climate.

In addition to the meeting in Vladivostok, two more meetings on energy development were held in Moscow at the Ministry of Energy. They were attended by the head of the Moscow Office of the Government of the Chukotka AO, Mikhail Ghazaryan, and the adviser to the governor on energy, Viktor Kudinov. The subject of the talks was cross-subsidization for covering electricity costs in the district, as well as plans for the Chukotka Government to further develop the region’s energy sector. 

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