Meeting between Chief Engineers of Heating Supply Companies
Rapidly expanding urban populations and the associated increase in housing stock are contributing to a greater burden on urban infrastructure. The centralized heating supply system found in Russian cities, which dates back to the Soviet period, offers enormous potential for efficiency gains. At the same time, significant wear and tear on heating infrastructure is placing fresh demands on the technology for renovating and overhauling the network, while the ever-increasing rate at which people are having their own weather-sensitive heating systems installed is presenting head engineers with new challenges in terms of balancing and ensuring the reliability of heating supplies. During this annual meeting, head engineers and energy specialists from heating supply companies will discuss current problems in the sector based on real case studies and exchange experience of solving challenges faced by companies.
All-Russia Forum on Promoting an Energy-Saving Lifestyle and Information Transparency in the Fuel and Energy Industry
The Russian fuel and energy sector plays a special role in the social and economic development of the country, accounting for more than 22% of GDP even in the present highly volatile state of the global markets. A reliable energy supply for tens of millions of consumers and the importance of energy to the federal budget ensure that the public pays close attention to the state of the sector. Resolving substantial investment and production challenges and securing legal support for these solutions has necessitated greater information transparency within the sector. Between 2013 and 2016, companies and regions began to consolidate their efforts to promote an energy-saving lifestyle, as well as professions in the fuel and energy sector and social and environmental activism, with support from the Ministry of Energy. During the All-Russia Forum, the results of joint work done in 2017 will be presented, together with an analysis of the #TogetherBrighter festival, the MediaTEK contest, and other examples. Sector-wide challenges for 2018 will also be identified. Forum participants will include representatives from energy companies, regional energy and housing and utilities ministries, and the media.
Uniting the Efforts of the Infrastructure Sector and the Regions to Achieve Economic Growth
The development of infrastructure is becoming an issue of decisive importance in todays economy. It creates opportunities for meeting consumer demands both industrial and domestic as fully as possible. The construction of energy, urban, telemetry, social, financial, and transport infrastructure enables people to realize their plans, spurs new business growth and development of technological solutions, and attracts investment and qualified specialists. Big data and other smart technologies are making it possible to plan infrastructure projects with greater precision, in a way which is oriented towards demand (including potential demand). A large contribution to the development of infrastructure is being made at a regional level, where there is high awareness of local needs. What factors are influencing the development of infrastructure in Russias regions? What infrastructure does the Russian economy need more of? What is hindering the development of international infrastructure? Do possibilities exist for cross-sectoral collaboration in constructing and modernizing infrastructure which could achieve a synergistic effect for the economy?
Technological Cooperation and Import Substitution in the Energy Sector: An Effective Response to the Risks of Sanctions
To effectively take the Russian fuel and energy sector forward and to utilize the potential raw material base, it is of vital importance to equip the country with its own strategically important technologies. Joint efforts in this area from the state and industry leaders have led to considerable progress being made. One successful area has been gas turbines, their production, monitoring, disgnostics and servicing. In the oil and gas industry, we have seen developments in technologies and equipment for extracting hard-to-recover oil, offshore operations, LNG production, and our ability to provide catalysts for oil refineries and petrochemical plants. International cooperation between scientists and technologists has also been growing rapidly, with foreign partners willing to cooperate on the Russian market and world arena. What have the policies for import substitution in the fuel and energy sector pursued jointly by the state and industry players achieved today? Is the current and projected future demand enough to drive the continued and effective development of import substituting technologies and equipment? Are additional state support measures required for the further development of manufacturing and servicing equipment in the Russian fuel and energy sector? What are the prospects for further reducing the dependence of the fuel and energy sector on imported technologies and equipment? Are potential foreign markets willing to acquire equipment manufactured in Russia, and who could assist Russian machine-builders in entering the international market?
The Role of Russian Railways in Ensuring the Efficiency of Fuel and Energy Companies in the Face of Unstable Currency and Raw Materials Markets
Russian Railways is registered as a natural monopoly in Russia, being an organization that transmits electricity to consumers. Russian Railways is a key player in the Russian electricity market and, based on the volume of electricity transmission services provided, is the second largest network operator in Russia after Rosseti. Russian Railways consumes around 8% of the Russian domestic diesel fuel market for its operations. Up to 95% of all coal mined in Russia is transported by train. With all that in mind, it is hard to overestimate the level of connection between rail transport and the fuel and energy industry in Russia. What has so far been achieved as a result of cooperation between Russian fuel and energy companies and Russian Railways? What are the prospects for further collaboration between Russian Railways and the oil and coal sectors? Is the development of sea port infrastructure in Russia matching that of the railway infrastructure? What innovative solutions are being proposed for transporting oil and energy cargos? During this roundtable we will address the above questions, discuss the operations of Russian Railways, and propose strategies for future cooperation between rail transport and the Russian fuel and energy sector.
Presentation on the Energy Efficiency Ranking of Power Distribution Companies
The Russian Ministry of Energy, in tandem with the expert community, presents the results of a project to rank power distribution companies by energy efficiency based on their operations in 2016 for discussion with participants. The ranking evaluates the efforts made by companies to reduce distribution losses, make use of modern technologies, and optimize the development of infrastructure. It seeks not only to measure progress, but also to identify and promote best practices. The results of the ranking will be discussed with the involvement of regional and municipal energy and housing and utilities ministries, energy companies, and experts in order to disseminate best practice.
Modernizing Generating Capacity in the Electricity Sector: Problems and Prospects
In the period since the reorganization of RAO UES, significant investment has been made in upgrading fixed assets for power generation. This has made it possible to avoid power shortages and reduce failures during the current period. As part of a proven programme of agreements to make capacity available on the wholesale market, significant capacity has been introduced in recent years, but as the terms of these agreements come to an end, investment in thermal generation is set to fall after 2020. At the same time, taking into account the amount of generating equipment from thermal power plants which has low technical and economic ratings and is set to be decommissioned in accordance with programme documents for the long-term development of RAO UES, even in the measured scenario of increased demand for capacity, reductions in the installed capacity of operational power plants will require that they be outfitted with new generating capacity. In order to achieve sustainable development in the energy sector, market mechanisms must be created to support the modernization of existing and the construction of new generating capacity. In this connection, the question of possible forms and sources of funding for modernizing thermal generation in the medium term takes on a special significance. What are the potential mechanisms for financing modernization (extending the programme of agreements to provide capacity, implementing a new guaranteed investment mechanism, improving the principles of competitive capacity selection, or some other option?) What kind of generation should we be focusing on: generating electricity and thermal energy using combined heat and power plants, or prioritizing the development of electricity production using major power stations (GRES)? Where is the balance between consumer interests and those of producers of electricity and capacity? What is the optimal balance between domestic and imported equipment when it comes to modernizing thermal generation, and what are the potential capabilities of Russian power engineering with regard to meeting the growing demand for power engineering products?
Efficiency and Safety in the Coal Industry: Best Practices and Innovative Technologies
Restructuring the coal industry has made it possible to shut down some of the least profitable mines with the most geologically complex seam development conditions. This has helped to reduce the rate of occupational accidents in the sector. The rate of accidents with a fatal outcome has fallen threefold since 2000. In order to continue to reduce the risk of major accidents, the Russian Ministry of Energy created a special commission in 2016, which compiled a list of mines carrying a high accident risk and developed a plan of action to increase safety. Following implementation of the plan, only four of an original group of 20 mines carrying a high risk of accident are set to remain open. Other strategies for reducing the risk of accidents include improving life support systems and personal protective equipment for miners, maintaining rescue services in a state of readiness, and other measures for increasing mine safety. How is implementation of the plan progressing? How noticeable are changes to safety measures in mines? Do the products manufactured by safety equipment companies meet the needs of miners? What innovative projects in mining safety are being implemented in Russia today?
Issues for discussion:
• The status of industrial safety and occupational health in the Russian coal sector
• Best practices (open cut and underground mining operations)
• Implementation of new innovative projects, progress and prospects
Cooperation with International Organizations: How to Achieve Maximum Effect
Russia has long benefitted from the support of the United Nations Development Programme. The country subsequently founded a trust fund, together with the UNDP, with the aim of supporting sustainable development in programme countries. How can the effectiveness of projects be ensured? Will the experience gained from cooperation at this first stage help Russia to become an effective donor and create an effective mechanism for investment? Is it possible to create a synergy between this new project and integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Community? The session will include a discussion of best practices at the UNDP Regional Bureau, as well as a presentation and discussion of the challenges faced by the regional project Legislative regulation to promote energy efficiency in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.
All-Russian Conference on Preparations by Electric Power Organizations for the Autumn/Winter Period 2017–2018
Issues for discussion:
• Results from monitoring of accident rates and the technical condition of power generation facilities during preparation for the autumn-winter period. Results of a Rostechnadzor evalutation of the readiness of power industry entities to operate in the autumn-winter period.
• The energy balance at UPS Russia for the 2017/2018 autumn-winter period, major risks and problem issues.
• Tariff regulation and financial estimates on the power markets
• Reports from power distribution companies on the progress of preparations at power facilities for the 2017/2018 autumn-winter period. Problems
• Reports from power generation companies on the progress of preparations at power facilities for the 2017/2018 autumn-winter period.
• Regional issues surrounding outcomes of the 2017/2018 autumn-winter period. Brief comments from the floor on issues falling within the oversight of the Russian Ministry of Energy.
Meeting between the Technical Directors of Coal Mining Companies
In this meeting, technical directors from coal mining companies (chief engineers, chief mechanics, chief surveyors, and chief geologists) will discuss current issues in the sector based on real case studies and exchange experience in solving challenges faced by companies.