Fortum has decided to build the last two 250 megawatts (MW) units of its Russian investment programme in Chelyabinsk in the Urals, where the metal industry’s energy demand is growing. Initially, the units were planned for construction in the Tyumen region in Western Siberia. The units are included within the sphere of the Capacity Supply Agreement originally agreed to in 2008. Fortum has received approval for the transfer from the Russian Government, including the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Russian Ministry of Energy as well as local authorities.
“Fortum is committed to the extensive, EUR 2.5 billion investment programme in Russia. The programme will increase the capacity of our Russian subsidiary OAO Fortum by 85% to about 5,100 MW,” says Alexander Chuvaev, Executive Vice President, Fortum Corporation, head of Russia Division.
The new units are to be constructed at Chelyabinsk GRES. Within the scope of the project, Fortum plans to completely modernize the existing power plant equipment. After the works are completed by the end of 2014, the total installed capacity of Cheyabinsk GRES will grow from the current 82 MW to exceed 700 MW.
Fortum’s extensive investment programme consists of a total of eight new units, which will increase OAO Fortum’s electricity production capacity by about 2,400 MW and heat production capacity by 662 MW. The first three units of the investment programme already began commercial operation in Tyumen, Chelyabinsk and Tobolsk in 2011.
After completion of the ongoing investment programme, Fortum’s goal is to achieve an operating profit level of about EUR 500 million and to create positive economic value added in its Russian Division. In April 2012, the value of the remaining part of the investment programme was estimated to be approximately EUR 0.9 billion.
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