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Cooperation of RAO ES of the East with Japanese companies will help modernize the energy of the Far East
Alexei Kaplun, Deputy General Director for Strategy and Investments at RAO Energy Systems of the East, spoke at the international forum “The 7th Japanese-Russian Dialogue on Energy and Environmental Issues” in Niigata. In his report, the top manager of the Far Eastern energy holding spoke about the prospects for the development of the electric power industry in the Far Eastern Federal District and the key areas of interaction with Japanese companies.
The event was organized by the Institute for Economic Research of North-East Asia (ERINA) with the support of the diplomatic departments of the two countries, as well as large businesses in Russia and Japan.
Today, the Russian Federation pays special attention to the development of the Far East, which is impossible without the development of the energy complex. “Japanese companies have significant experience and competencies in the production of highly efficient energy equipment that can be used to implement the Program for the Prospective Development of the Energy Complex in the Far Eastern Federal District,” said Alexey Kaplun.
The construction of an energy bridge is an ambitious project that has been discussed for a long time by the power engineers of the two countries. According to A. Kaplun, it is proposed to implement the project in three stages. At the first stage, a cable will be laid along the bottom of the La Perouse Strait from Sakhalin Island to Hokkaido Island. The line will be used to reload Sakhalin's reserve capacities. According to RAO ES East specialists, in the long term, after the construction of a power transmission line from Sakhalin to the mainland and connection to the export line of the IES East capacities, the energy bridge will be able to transfer from 2 to 4 GW to Japan. A preliminary feasibility study is underway on this project, which will be completed by the end of the year.
A. Kaplun also spoke about another large-scale project - the construction of a hydrogen plant in the Magadan region. A joint project for the industrial production of liquefied hydrogen in the Far East is planned to be implemented by JSC RusHydro, JSC RAO Energy Systems of the East and the Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. The intentions of the companies to implement the project were enshrined in the Cooperation Agreement in June 2013. In accordance with it, JSC RusHydro and JSC RAO Energy Systems of the East will act as the main suppliers of electrical energy required for the functioning of the hydrogen liquefaction complex, and Kawasaki will be a supplier of technologies and promising developments in the field of production, storage and transportation of this type of fuel. ... “The emergence of a large industrial consumer will make it possible to resolve the issue of using the surplus capacity of the Magadan hydroelectric power plants, loading them with energy-intensive, but at the same time environmentally friendly and innovative production of this new type of liquefied fuel. It is planned that the liquefied hydrogen produced at this plant will be exported to Japan, ”said Alexey Kaplun. In 2019, it is planned to commission a pilot complex with a design capacity of 12 tons / day and electricity consumption of 42,7 MW. Subsequently, it is planned to build an industrial complex with a design capacity of 200 tons / day and an electricity consumption of 510 MW.
In the course of the report, the discussion also focused on projects for the supply of equipment for the thermal power industry. Currently, the possibility of building cogeneration power plants of small and medium capacity in the Primorsky Territory with the use of gas turbines manufactured by Kawasaki is being considered. The new mini-CHPs will replace the inefficient boiler houses of Vladivostok and Artyom and will provide coverage for the future demand for electricity in the region.
Another significant area of cooperation of the Holding with Japanese partners is the development of RES. Today, Japanese companies Mitsui and Komai are actively working on a project to integrate three wind power plants into the isolated power system of the village of Ust-Kamchatsk, Kamchatka Territory. Thanks to this introduction in the village it will be possible to save expensive imported diesel fuel.