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Press Release

Launching an Energy Infrastructure Demonstration Project in the Russian Far East Including Wind Power Generation

―Toward Stable Supply of Energy in Frigid Regions―
February  28,2018
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

On February 27 (local time), NEDO concluded a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) with the Government of Sakha Republic of the Russian Federation and RusHydro, a Russian company, on an energy infrastructure demonstration project including wind power generation systems and start the project.

In this demonstration project, we will build a "Polar Microgrid System" in Tiksi City, an independent electric power system area in the Sakha Republic located in the Arctic Circle, an especially frigid region in the Russian Far East, to stabilize the power grid including wind power generation systems, and will demonstrate technologies for stable energy supply for the first time.

  • Image of Polar Microgrid System
    Fig. 1 Image of Polar Microgrid System

1.Overview

In the Russian Far East, there are a lot of independent electric power system areas not connected with any large-scale power grid so that they have to rely on small diesel generators for power supply. In these areas, costs of electricity are very high because of high fuel transport costs. Regional governments of the Russian Federation have taken policy measures to keep their electricity rates at similar levels to those of areas connected to major grids, which has imposed substantial financial burdens on the governments. In addition, their diesel generators are aging, and this might disrupt stable supply of energy in these areas.

In this situation, NEDO intended to undertake an energy infrastructure demonstration project including wind power generation systems in the Sakha Republic located in the Arctic Circle, an especially frigid region in the Russian Far East; for this purpose, it signed a letter of intent, on September 6, 2017, with the Government of the Sakha Republic of the Russian Federation and RusHydro, a Russian company, on cooperation in feasibility studies for such a project. There have been discussions on the basic system configuration and schedule for the demonstration.

On February 27 (local time), NEDO entered into a memorandum of cooperation (MOC), in Moscow, with the Government of the Sakha Republic of the Russian Federation and RusHydro, on an energy infrastructure demonstration project including wind power generation systems. The project has started.

In this demonstration project, we will build a "Polar Microgrid System" in Tiksi, an independent electric power system area in Sakha Republic located in the Arctic, to stabilize the grid that combines existing generating facilities with wind turbine generators and a control and coordination system of renewable energies using diesel generators and storage batteries, and will demonstrate low-cost and stable energy supply technologies for frigid regions for the first time. In this project, efficient operation of the wind turbine generators and the diesel generators is expected to reduce the consumption of diesel fuel by about 16% per year.

This project falls under the fourth of the eight points that were suggested under "the Cooperation Plan" at the Japan-Russia Summit Meeting: "Cooperating in petroleum, gas and other energy development and enhancing production capacity."

<Details of the Demonstration Project>

  • (1)Period
    From February 2018 to February 2021 (scheduled period)
  • (2)Organization for Implementation
    The parties that NEDO has entered into the MOC with: the Sakha Republic and RusHydro The participants that NEDO has outsourced the project to: Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Takaoka Toko Co., Ltd. and Komaihaltec Inc.
  • (3)Technologies to be Adopted
    [1] Coordination system of renewable energies using diesel generators and storage batteries
    [2] Wind turbine generators according to frigid-region specifications
    (comprising three 300kW middle-sized turbines)
  • (4)Implementation Site
    Tiksi in the Sakha Republic

  • Location for the Demonstration Project (Tiksi in the Sakha Republic)
    Fig. 2 Location for the Demonstration Project (Tiksi in the Sakha Republic)

2.MOC Signing Ceremony

To establish a cooperation system for promoting the demonstration project, Mr. Takashi Omote, an Executive Director of NEDO, Mr. Yegor Borisov, Head of the Sakha Republic and Mr. Nilolay Shulginov, General Director of RusHydro signed the MOC on February 27 (local time) at the head office of RusHydro in Moscow.

On the same day, the participants that NEDO has outsourced the project to, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Takaoka Toko Co., Ltd. and Komaihaltec Inc., and an electric company in the Sakha Republic, Sakhaenergo OAO, concluded the Annex to the MOC.

3.For more information, please contact:

NEDO Smart Community Department
Contact Persons: Honma, Dewaki, Akaiwa Tel: +81-44-520-5269­