Andrey Ryumin, Director General of PJSC Rosseti, spoke about the
2021/2022 autumn-winter period (AWP) outcomes and topical issues of
the electric power industry functioning at the All-Russian Meeting.
Nikolay Shulginov, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation,
chaired the event in Moscow.
It was noted that in the vast majority of regions
where the Rosseti Group operates, the reliable operation of the power
grid was ensured during the completed AWP, even against the
background of a sharp increase in the number of dangerous weather
phenomena, which amounted to 30% compared to the 2020/2021 AWP. It
was negative natural factors that caused most of the technological
An important stage in preparing for winter was the
repair and maintenance campaign with a total funding of RUB 71.5
billion. The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) program exceeded
the plan by 12% in physical terms for the main items, including the
repair of almost 135,000 km of power transmission lines and 41,600
"Our autumn-winter period outcomes are quite
satisfactory. However, special attention should be paid to the
situation in the regions where technological failures were recorded
due to difficult weather conditions and depreciation of facilities,
which arose due to a long-term shortage of renovation funds. We need
to find a systematic solution to this issue. The Rosseti Group has
developed 18 targeted programs to improve reliability, nine of which
have already been approved by the Russian Ministry of Energy. We hope
that funding sources for the events will be identified in the months
to come," noted Andrey Ryumin.
The work of third-party territorial grid
organizations (TGOs) also became one of the discussion topics. For
such companies, the cost of servicing a piece of equipment is in most
cases significantly higher than that of the Rosseti Group. The way
out of this situation may be the unification of approaches to
regulation, the introduction of a reference principle for the
formation of operating costs, and the approval of investment programs
of large TGOs at the federal level.
During the meeting, other topical issues of the
power grid complex functioning were discussed, in particular, those
related to preferential technological connection. It was noted that
now the cost of such work in the investment programs of energy
companies can reach 60% or more, and the connected capacity can be
used by consumers only by 12%. Thus, there is a lack of funds for the
necessary grid modernization and development projects.