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Nikolay Shulginov: “Ministry of Energy Intends to Adjust Russia’s Energy and Expand the Planning Horizons in Fuel and Energy Industry”

13 October 2021
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One of the key sessions of Russian Energy Week – ‘Global Challenges and Opportunities in Electric Power’ took place on 14 October. The session was attended by Russian Ministry of Energy Nikolay Shulginov, Brazilian Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Albuquerque, UN Economic Commission for Europe Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova, Rosseti General Director Andrey Ryumin and Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation First Deputy General Director and Director of the Development and International Business Unit Kirill Komarov.

Shulginov noted that Russia needs to develop the country’s energy balance in order to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2060, which will require changes to the Energy Strategy.

“What do improvements to the energy balance entail? We need to change certain goals that have been set in the Energy Strategy for the period up to 2035,” he said.

The period until 2035 solely concerns the operation of existing generating facilities, while the period until 2060 involves the energy of the future, he said. Thus, the planning horizons in the Energy Strategy need to be expanded.

“We still face the goal of modernizing the thermal power industry, which is already being carried out as part of the programme. This programme is calculated until 2031. We intend to extend it further. We have also set the task of increasing the production of hydroelectric power plants in order to maintain hydropower in the balance at a level of 1920% with an increase in consumption. To do this, we need to build, among other things, large hydroelectric power plants, above all, taking into account the flood control effect,” Shulginov said.

Shulginov added that the share of energy produced by nuclear power plants, which today account for about 20% of electricity generation in Russia, should increase to 2425% by 2050. The share of gas generation will remain around the current level of just over 40%, while coal-fired power plants will be converted to gas. Power generation by solar and wind energy plants will grow from about 0.5% to 4.5%, respectively, by 2035 and will continue to increase to around 1212.5% ​​by 20502060.

“Ultimately, we will achieve indicators based on which the share of carbon-free and low-carbon generation, which is 41% today, will be around 47% by 2035 and 56% by 2050,” Shulginov said.

The Russian Energy Week International Forum is taking place in Moscow on 1315 October. The event is being organized by the Roscongress Foundation, the Russian Ministry of Energy, and the Moscow Government.