VEC to build Khabarovsk sites for electricity exports
Jun 26, 2008 - China Institute - Interfax
KHABAROVSK. June 26 (Interfax) - Vostochnaya
Energy Company (VEC) will continue the implementation
of energy export projects designed by the Unified Energy
System of Russia (UES) on the Khabarovsk territory starting
from July 1, a source at the Khabarovsk territorial government
told Interfax on Thursday.
The projects include the construction of
a steam gas unit with a capacity of 400-500 megawatts
in the village of Ilyinka. The unit will partially substitute
the first Khabarovsk heating and power plant.
There will be a new thermal power plant
in Urgal in the Verkhnaya Bureaya district. The plant,
with a capacity of 2,400 to 3,600 megawatts, will be linked
to an export power line.
"Specifications of the prospective sites
and the period of their construction are spelled out in
a quadripartite agreement between the Khabarovsk government,
the UES, Vostochnaya Energy Company and the Far Eastern
Generation Company. The agreement supplemented the December
2006 document on the investment policy on the Khabarovsk
territory," the source said.
The agreement named VEC the operator of
the projects. The territorial government pledged to assign
land lots and assist the laying of heating pipes from
the steam gas unit to Khabarovsk residential areas.
The steam gas unit "is a modern type with
a high efficiency coefficient," the source cited Khabarovsk
Fuel and Energy Minister Vladimir Slivko as saying. The
unit will cut the heating and electricity production costs.
It is due to start operation in late 2011.
The Urgal thermal power plant based on the
Urgal coal deposit will draw large investments to the
territory, the source said. Khabarovsk Governor Viktor
Ishayev said many times that it would be profitable to
generate electricity in the area of the coal deposit.
The new power plant "will enlarge tax deductions,
create jobs, stop exports of raw materials and begin exports
of electricity to China," Ishayev said.
The goals comply with earlier agreements
between the UES and the state-owned energy company of
China, the source said.