Moscow, 28 April 2005. The delegation of RAO "UES of Russia" comprising representatives of the Parent Company and some of its subsidiaries, and Russia's leading scientists, equipment manufacturers will take part in the World Geothermal Congress (WGC 2005) in Turkey.
The exhibition stand presented by RAO "UES of Russia" at the WGC2005 exhibition organized during the Congress days features the major accomplishments of the Russian geothermal power engineering. The highlight of the stand is the development programme of the energy sector in Kamchatka. The Congress participants were especially interested in the plans for geothermal development in Stavropol Kray and Kaliningrad Region.
Geothermal generation utilizes underground sources of water located in areas of volcanic activity with temperatures of 100-200░C to generate electricity and heat.
Today, geothermal resources are found in 80 countries of the world and are actively used in 58 countries. The global generation using geothermal resources totals 50 TWh, with Russia accounting for 10 percent of that amount.
Under the Strategy Concept of RAO "UES of Russia" "5+5", the use of alternative energy sources, primarily energy of geothermal origin, is one of the priority areas of development and improvement of Russia's electric power industry.
Today, RAO "UES of Russia" operates three geothermal power plants located on the Kamchatka Peninsula: Pauzhetskaya GeoPP, Verkhne-Mutnovskaya GeoPP, and Mutnovskaya GeoPP. The latter is considered to be the best in the world in terms of environment safety and automation of production.
Moreover, Russia has created the technological underpinning required for the development of the geothermal energy, and carried out a series of fundamental studies in the area. The power equipment developed by Russian geothermal manufacturers is installed at 15 heating and power plants in different countries of the world.