MINSK, 6 October (BelTA) – The use of local energy resources is increasing in Belarus, Vitaly Kretsky, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Standardization/ Director of the Energy Efficiency Department, told the Economy of Belarus Magazine.
According to him, now the share of local fuels (excluding nuclear energy) in the energy balance is about 16%, which is a pretty good result. In H1 2022 alone, the extraction (production) of local fuels rose by an estimated 140,000 tonnes of fuel equivalent year-on-year.
The task of the five-year plan is to retain this share in relative terms, although the absolute figure will almost double due to the growth in energy consumption after the commissioning of the Belarusian nuclear power plant.
A case in point is the construction of a boiler house using local fuels in the town of Shchuchin, Grodno Oblast. The construction of the new boiler house helped reduce heat supply costs by substituting imported natural gas with local fuels and by decommissioning inefficient equipment in the boiler house on Sovetskaya Street. The new boiler house boasts two Belarus-made modern automatic solid fuel boilers with a heat output of 6 MW each.
The project helped reduce imported fuel consumption worth $0.3 million and lower the cost of thermal energy supply. The payback period of the project is 6.6 years.
The five-year plan provides for commissioning 500 MW capacities operating on local fuels. In addition to reducing the cost of thermal energy production, the plan is expected to give a boost to companies engaged in procurement and transportation of local fuels, and thus help create new jobs.
In addition to that, work is underway to upgrade the logging industry, replace outdated, inefficient logging equipment with modern, multifunctional and high-performance equipment of Belarusian manufacturers. The leading domestic manufacturers of such equipment are Amkodor, MAZ and MTZ.