Russia interested in power link between Sakhalin and Japan

Aug 26, 1999 02:00 AM

Russia is interested in implementing major projects for power export to the Far East and, therefore, intends to give a new impetus to implementing an idea of building a power link between the Russian island of Sakhalin and the Japanese island of Hokkaido, chairman of the EES Russia Anatoly Chubais said.
According to chairman Chubais, Russian specialists are drafting a feasibility report, with financial participation of the Japanese side, for construction of a power link. The essence of the project, whose cost is estimated at around $ 10 bn, is to use natural gas produced under the Sakhalin-2 project in the south of Sakhalin island, for power generation at a fuel power plant with a designed capacity of 4 mm kW.
It is planned to exploit advanced steam-gas technology with the least transport costs.
The EES Russia company, the biggest power grid in the country, initially suggested laying an underwater high-voltage cable from Sakhalin to Hokkaido.

The Japanese side, on studying the proposal, expressed interest in laying the cable even further -- right to Tokyo. "The project is now being estimated by our specialists," Chubais noted. "We plan to receive the first result around November. Work is going with the swing for the time being."

The Russian-Japanese energy project is "very important in our plans", noted Chubais who intends to continue discussion of its details with Japanese colleagues in Auckland, New Zealand, where he plans to participate in meetings in the framework of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum.
The company chairman noted at the same time that a major project for electricity export to China is at a standstill, and "there is a small chance for its implementation".
China concentrates on its own investment possibilities, he added. It is building a mammoth power station called Three Gorges which will radically change the energy chart of the region, and the Chinese leadership decided against purchasing electricity abroad, Chubais concluded.

Source: Itar-Tass via Newspage
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