16 February 2010 – Fortum’s Russian subsidiary OAO Fortum and the Chelyabinsk Region Administration in Russia have agreed on extensive cooperation in the area of energy efficiency, including the automation and upgrade of the Chelyabinsk district heating system.
According to the memorandum of intentions signed in the course of the Russian Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko’s recent visit to Finland, the parties intend to implement a number of energy efficiency measures during 2010-2012 in the Chelyabinsk region.
The measures aim at reducing environmental impacts and promoting efficient use of resources.
The automation and upgrade of the Chelyabinsk district heating system will reduce energy losses in the area by over 30% as well as significantly decrease fuel consumption and emissions.
A project this size is unique in Russia and will be partly funded by raising the district heating tariffs controlled by the region’s administration. Once completed, consumers will be provided with uninterrupted and more affordable supply of district heat.
ОАО Fortum is also planning to implement a number of technical improvements at the power plants located in the Chelyabinsk region in order to increase the efficiency of heat and electricity production. The company has also launched a sustainability programme aiming to reduce environmental impacts both around the power plants and in the region as a whole.
‘During 2009-2012, we will invest RUB3 billion (€70 million) in improving energy efficiency. An additional RUB 1.5 billion (€35 million) for the implementation of the programme will be collected from district heating tariffs,’ says Alexander Chuvaev, OAO Fortum General Director.