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Japanese companies expand cooperation with Yakutia

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The implementation of the construction of a wind farm in Tiksi was discussed by First Deputy Chairman of the Government of Yakutia Aleksey Kolodeznikov, Executive Director of Komaihaltec Inc. Amy Komai and senior manager of Mitsui & Co.Ltd Kaori Nakajima at a meeting at the Department of External Relations of the republic on April 24.

At the meeting, a transport scheme was discussed for the delivery of wind power plants to Bulun District.

The Japanese partners assess all risks that may arise when delivering equipment, and appealed to the government of Yakutia to assist in resolving this issue.

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As noted by Aleksey Kolodeznikov, the best option is delivery of equipment to Tiksi by the Lena River. "It is necessary to solve all organizational issues in the near future. Support will be provided to implement the project," he assured.

In April, materials of 6 kV high-voltage lines were delivered by the winter road to the village of Tiksi to ensure the possibility of installing the supports of the high-voltage lines in the swampy terrain until the ground is defrosted.

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Wind power plants themselves are located in the port of Osaka (Japan), ready for shipment.

A group of Japanese specialists also plans to go to Tiksi in early June for preparatory work.

In addition to the joint project for the construction of a wind farm, the management of Komaihaltec Inc. and Mitsui & Co.Ltd announced their desire to consider promising projects for the development of renewable energy in Yakutia, as well as other possible areas for cooperation.

Aleksey Kolodeznikov suggested, as an option, to consider the implementation of a similar project in the village of Chersky, Nizhnekolymsky ulus.

"From 2019, it is planned to phase out the operation of the Bilibino NPP power units with the complete decommissioning of the power plant in 2021. In this regard, there is a concern about building a diesel power plant in the village of Chersky," said the First Deputy Prime Minister.

Also, in the opinion of the meeting participants, the construction of a shipyard and a bridge over the Lena River could be promising projects for joint implementation.

Head of Infrastructure Projects Department of Mitsui & Co.Ltd Konosuke Sugi noted that the Japanese bank for international cooperation is interested in providing a financing line to the government of the republic. Experts of Mitsui & Co.Ltd in Moscow plan to visit Yakutia in the near future for detailed discussion of the whole range of issues on cooperation development, the press service of the Ministry of Housing and Energy of the region said.

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The meeting was also attended by Minister of Transport and Road Development of Yakutia Semyon Vinokurov, First Deputy Minister of Housing and Energy Nikolai Duraev, Head of Investment Policy and Investment Promotion Department of the Ministry of Investment Development and Entrepreneurship Faina Sokolova, Deputy General Director of PJSC ‘Yakutskenergo’ Andrey Sanachev, Acting Deputy Executive Director for Innovation, Research & Technological Development of ‘Sakhaenergo’ Oleg Popov.

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