YAKUTSK, 13 Oct – PRIME. The small-capacity nuclear power plant of Rosatom will become the “heart” of the mining cluster of two Arctic regions of Yakutia, said the head of the republic, Aisen Nikolaev, as part of the Russian Energy Week forum.
Nikolaev spoke at the session “Energy Transformation in Russia: Opportunities and Challenges”.
According to him, energy supply and energy consumption in Yakutia require a special approach and attention, including from the point of view of transformation and modernization of the country’s energy sector.
The head of the region said that 143 autonomous diesel power plants were operated and installed in Yakutia, which supply power to settlements in remote areas. The region also has 29 renewable energy facilities, including 28 solar power plants and one wind-diesel complex with a total capacity of 5.4 MW. Under an agreement with PJSC RusHydro, 6 hybrid energy complexes using solar panels were put into operation. By 2025, another 66 diesel power plants will be upgraded.
“Today, the possibilities of forming industrial clusters in the Arctic are being explored, instead of the point development of industry and the development of deposits. The energy “heart” of such clusters can become low-capacity nuclear power plants. A mining cluster will be created in the Ust-Yansky and Verkhoyansk regions of Yakutia. The energy supply of the cluster is planned through construction low-capacity nuclear power plant in the village of Ust-Kuyga, which is already being launched by Rosatom State Corporation, Nikolaev noted in Telegram.
Earlier it was reported that Rosatom had started a project to build a small nuclear power plant with a capacity of about 50 MW in Yakutia.
Rosatom plans to build and commission a pilot mini-nuclear power plant with a capacity of up to 10 MW in Yakutia in 2030, an agreement on this was signed on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Russian Energy Week takes place in Moscow from 12 to 14 October. RIA Novosti acts as an information partner of the forum.