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Cooperation in Fostering Operators for Wind Power Generation Systems in the Russian Far East

-Decided During Wind Power Generation System Deployment Workshop in Vladivostok-
March  13,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

As part of a demonstration project for a wind power generation system in the Russian Far East, NEDO will cooperate with PJSC RusHydro, one of the largest state-owned power producers in Russia, in fostering operators for wind power generation systems. In April, technical training will be provided to engineers invited from Russia to Japan for the purpose of giving them the opportunity to learn about the operation and maintenance of wind power generation systems using actual wind turbine generators.

A decision regarding the cooperation was made by NEDO and Russian counterparts at the Wind Power Generation System Deployment Workshop that NEDO hosted in Vladivostok City on March 10, 2017.

1. Summary

There are approximately 5,300*1 remote and isolated grid communities in the Russian Far East*2 and electric power largely depends on small-scale diesel power generation. This results in high power generation costs due to the expense of transporting fuel, and the communities are exposed to energy security risks such as serious hindrances to a supply of fuel and/or power caused by long periods of bad weather. Therefore, wind power generation systems have been attracting attention in this region as a promising technology to lower power generation costs. However, it is indispensable to establish technologies to stabilize independent local grid systems*3 and develop wind power generation systems capable of withstanding cold climates in the region.

NEDO carried out a demonstration project on a wind power generation system in Kamchatka Krai in cooperation with the Government of Kamchatka Krai and OJSC RAO Energy System of East, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PJSC RusHydro*4 (hereinafter "RusHydro"), until October, 2016. Also, in December 2016, NEDO, the Government of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation, and RusHydro signed a Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) aiming to accelerate cooperation with each other, such as exchanging information, in order to identify and evaluate technical issues with a view to promoting the expansion of wind power generation systems in the Russian Far East, including, Tikisi, the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

As part of its demonstration project for a wind power generation system in Kamchatka Krai, NEDO will cooperate with RusHydro in fostering operators for wind power generation systems. In April, technical training will be conducted for engineers who will be invited from Russia to Japan for the purpose of giving them the opportunity to learn about the operation and maintenance of wind power generation systems using actual wind turbine generators.

A decision regarding the cooperation was made by NEDO, the Government of Kamchatka Krai, and RusHydro at the Wind Power Generation System Deployment Workshop that NEDO hosted in Vladivostok City on March 10, 2017. It is important to improve the technical abilities of engineers who will be engaged in operation and maintenance work in order to ensure stable operation of wind power generation systems. This cooperation is expected to accelerate the dissemination of such systems in the Russian Far East.

2. Workshop overview

During the workshop, NEDO and Japanese entrusted companies introduced the results of the demonstration project that NEDO carried out in Kamchatka Krai to local governments and power companies in Russia which have expressed interest in introducing wind power generation systems in the domestic market. In addition, RusHydro informed dissemination plans for wind power generation systems in the Russian Far East as well as planning methods related to the installation and operation of such systems.

Participants

Japan Side: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Consulate-General of Japan in Vladivostok
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
KOMAIHALTEC Inc.
FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
Mitsui Co., Ltd.

Russia Side: The Government of the Primorsky Krai, PJSC RusHydro, the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), The Government of the Primorsky Krai, Government of the Chukotka Autonomous Region, Government of Magadan Oblast, Vladivostok City, Agency of Technological Development (ATD), Far East Federal University, and 22 organizations (including private companies)

【Glossary】

*1 Approximately 5,300
Source: Report of Energy System Institute of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science(2011)
*2 Russian Far East
Part of the Far Eastern Federal District of Russia which covers Primorsky Krai, Khabarovsk Krai, Sakha Republic, Amur Oblast, Sakhalin Oblast, Kamchatka Krai, Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Magadan Oblast, and Chukotka Autonomous Okrug.
*3  Independent local grid system
An electrical gird which is not connected to large transmission and grid systems.
*4 PJSC RusHydro
One of Russia's largest hydroelectric companies with 38.7 GW installed electricity generation capacity. It is partly owned by the Russian Government (66.8%).

3. For more information, please contact:

NEDO International Affairs Department
Contact Persons: Kohmoto, Yoshizaki, Yagyu Tel: +81 44 520 5190­