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14 Nov 2014

Lukashenko demands transparent utility tariffs

GRODNO OBLAST, 14 November (BelTA) – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko demands transparent tariffs on utility services, including on electricity. The head of state made the statement as he visited the Grodno hydroelectric power plant (HPP) on 14 November, BelTA has learned.

“We must have transparent utility tariffs,” the President stressed. He remarked that he gave the corresponding instruction when he appointed Vladimir Potupchik Energy Minister.

During the visit to the Grodno hydroelectric power plant the President was informed about the development of the Belarusian energy system and further construction of the HPP.

At present the Grodno HPP is the largest hydroelectric power plant in Belarus. It has the capacity of 17MW. The constriction works began in May 2008. The facility was launched in August 2012.

The President was told that in 2013 the Grodno HPP produced 91.7 million kWh of electric energy (the target was 84.4 million kWh). As a result, it was possible to substitute about 22 million cubic meters of natural gas. The prime cost of electric energy production at the Grodno HPP does not exceed US 3.5 cents per 1kWh, while the project was US 3.8 cents per 1kWh.

The Grodno HPP can satisfy the electric energy demand in Svisloch District and Oshmyany District (87.5 million kWh) or Zelva District and Mosty District (90.6 million kWh).

Apart from that, the reservoir of the Grodno HPP can be used for different purposes, including for the development of water sports and tourism. The total area of the reservoir is 1,940 hectares. Builders of this reservoir did not resettle people living on nearby territories and did not dismantle household buildings. The reservoir does not occupy agricultural lands and is located in the area of water rise caused by the spring floods on the Neman River. Dredging and pitching works helped improve over 300 hectares of unused lands. The use of the hydroelectric potential is one of the main ways to reduce the import of energy resources. Specialists say that the maximum capacity of all water streams in Belarus is 850MW.


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