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Alexander Novak held a meeting and a meeting on gasification with the governor of the region, took part in the opening ceremony of a new wind farm and visited a number of facilities of the region’s energy industry.

Alexander Novak at the opening ceremony of a new wind farm

A working trip of the Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak to the Rostov region took place.

During the trip, Alexander Novak held a working meeting with the Governor of the Rostov Region Vasily Golubev, as well as a meeting on gasification of the region.

At the moment, the regional government, together with the structures of the gasification operator in the subject of PJSC Gazprom, has drawn up a program for the development of gas supply and gasification for 2021–2025, which includes priority areas of gasification and takes into account a number of tasks set by the President both in terms of accelerating gasification everywhere and carrying out pre-gasification. in settlements already connected to gas pipelines, noted Alexander Novak during a meeting with Vasily Golubev.

At the meeting with the governor, in particular, the current plans for connections, as well as the reconstruction of facilities of the region’s gas transmission system were discussed. “The Rostov Region has a fairly high level of gasification – more than 86%, almost 1.5 million households have already been gasified, and within the framework of the program until 2025, Gazprom is planning to invest more than 13 billion rubles to increase this level,” the vice-president emphasized. Prime Minister, speaking about the gasification program. As for the program of pre-gasification of the population until 2023, carried out on behalf of the President, Alexander Novak said that the collection of applications has already begun. The corresponding amendments to the law “On gas supply in the Russian Federation” developed by the United Russia faction entered into force this week. “The application campaign for connection to gas has already begun, it is necessary to organize this work in a coordinated manner. Potentially, 134 thousand households can be connected to gas, and I am sure that this task will be completed on time, “said Alexander Novak.

In addition, during the working meeting, issues of the development of the power grid complex of the Rostov Region, as well as financing of overhaul of 58 social facilities in the mining areas of the Rostov Region were discussed. “The region has achieved great success, especially in terms of the development of renewable energy, the growth of electricity consumption, which fully corresponds to the tasks set by the President to introduce highly environmentally friendly energy sources and reduce CO2 emissions. Literally this year, the state program to support renewable energy sources has been extended for another 10 years until 2035, the construction of about 6.7 thousand MW of capacities will be stimulated, ”the Deputy Prime Minister recalled.

Alexander Novak noted that 3 thousand MW of renewable energy capacities have already been built in Russia and by 2024 the total capacity of green generation will grow to 5.5 thousand MW. The Rostov Region is the leader today, about 350 MW of renewable energy capacities have already been commissioned, the Deputy Prime Minister said during his participation in the ceremony of putting into operation of PJSC Enel Russia the Azov wind farm with a capacity of 90 MW. And with the commissioning of the Azov wind farm, the capacity will be 440 MW. The ceremony was also attended by the Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano.

“The launched wind farm, which can generate about 320 GWh per year, has become the first green energy project of Enel in Russia. The project is fully consistent with the government’s renewable energy support program. The construction of such renewable energy sources makes a significant contribution to the industry created in Russia for the production of modern equipment and its localization. Thanks to this, about 11 thousand modern highly qualified jobs have already been created. At the same time, the capacity for the construction of power plants today reaches 1600 MW per year, ”stressed Alexander Novak. Despite the presence of significant hydrocarbon reserves, Russia is striving to develop other competencies as well. “Our strategy is aimed at increasing the share of clean energy and renewable energy sources, in the future – up to 5-6% and more. Along the way, there is a decrease in CO2 emissions to achieve a number of climate goals, ”he added.

During his working trip, Alexander Novak visited factories for the production of units and assemblies of wind turbines of the companies NovaWind JSC and VetroStroyDetal LLC in Volgodonsk, the facilities of the Rostov NPP. There was also a meeting with MEPhI students with a Q&A session. The development of new areas such as wind energy and the use of composite materials, the growing digitalization of the fuel and energy complex and the nuclear industry create a demand for thousands of new specialists, Alexander Novak noted during the meeting.

“The introduction of new digital solutions, which is now taking place, will significantly change the fuel and energy sector in the near future. The requirements for specialists are also changing today. An engineer today is a multidisciplinary profession that requires competencies of a fairly broad profile: in addition to engineering and technical disciplines, he must know the basics of economics in order to understand the effectiveness of his decisions. IT qualifications are a new integral part of basic engineering training, ”he added.

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