Massive power plan submitted to Russian government

24 May 2006 – Russia will spend almost R2tr ($74bn) on adding over 20 000 MW of new generation capacity and improving the transmission and distribution infrastructure if plans submitted to the government are approved.

The plans, which run until 2010, were submitted by Unified Energy Systems (UES), the main country’s main power company.

Of the 20 257 MW recommended to meet demand increases, UES would supply 17 200 MW in the form of thermal power stations, 12 600 MW, hydroelectric stations, 4600 MW and new nuclear power plants, 3000 MW.

UES expects the cost of its plans for the 2006-2010 time period to reach R957.7bn, for new power plants and R996.5bn for upgrades to the electricity distribution network.