Monthly Archives: May 2013

RZD Ready to Construct Railways in UAE and Brazil

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The Russian Railways company (RZD) plans to participate in the third stage of the railway network construction in the United Arab Emirates. This came in a statement by Alexander Saltanov, Vice-President of Russian Railways.

“As for the situation with the United Arab Emirates, the country is about to start preparing for the third stage of the railway network construction. We have a good chance to participate in this phase of the project,” Mr. Saltanov emphasized.

In addition, he pointed out that the consultations on participation of Arab investors in Russia’s infrastructure projects were underway. Under the current plan, the United Arab Emirates is expected to construct a main railway line that will link Dubai and Abu Dhabi by 2016.

According to Mr. Saltanov, RZD is also interested in the construction of railways in the territory of Brazil. In particular, the delegation of the Russian monopoly plans to pay a working visit to this South American country with the aim of exchanging information on the projects of mutual interest.

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Russia to Commission First Wind Power Plant within Arctic Circle

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The first Russian wind power plant within the Arctic Circle will be put into operation in late June. The power unit, which is designed for generating electricity from the wind flow, is currently being constructed by JSC Peredvizhnaya Energetika. It should be noted that today there are no wind power stations operating under severe Arctic conditions in Russia.

According to Alexey Chubarov, Manager of the company’s branch, specialists are now making all the necessary arrangements to start a wind power generator in test mode.

“The construction of this power plant is an experiment aimed at exploring the possibility of using such systems under severe weather conditions. If the station demonstrates high performance and reliable operation and the cost of electricity generated by this power unit is lower than the cost of electricity from conventional energy sources, wind power plants will be constructed in other settlements of Yamal,” Alexey Chubarov commented.

It should be noted that the environmentally friendly power plant is located near the Obskaya station (city of Labytnangi).

Kalashnikov Corporation to Start Operation in September

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The Kalashnikov Corporation, which will take over major Russian small-arms makers, must be registered by September 19. This statement was made by Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

It’s important to note that Mr. Rogozin proposed a merger between Izhmash and Izhmekh in November 2012. He later suggested that some other small-arms manufacturers should join the corporation under the Kalashnikov brand.

“We must have the corporation registered as a legal entity by the time we celebrate the Day of Arms Makers in September,” Mr. Rogozin stated.

According to the information available, the new corporation will prioritize consolidation of weapon design ideas and modernization of production equipment. The company will produce both weapons and ammunition for them, including armor-piercing ammunition and explosive rounds.

It should be mentioned that Izhmash has been manufacturing Kalashnikovs since 1949, while Izhmekh is best known for producing Makarov and Yarygin pistols. However, both companies have been recently experiencing financial problems. The government is now hoping to revive these organizations by merging them under the new brand.

RT-Chemcomposite to Improve Aircraft Strength Characteristics

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RT-Chemcomposite holding company is participating in the annual international conference «Composite Materials in Industry», which is currently held in Gurzuf.

According to the press service of the holding company, the specialist of RT-Chemcomposite presented a report on the higher strength characteristics of glass-fiber-reinforced honeycombs within the framework of the conference. This unique material, which was developed at the holding facilities on the basis of quartz fabrics, is widely used in the aerospace industry and is designed for improving strength characteristics and functional reliability of products.

«The unique glass-fiber-reinforced honeycombs produced on the basis of quartz fabrics instead of conventional glass fabrics made it possible to increase the strength characteristics of our products by 40-50% as compared to commercial cellular fillers,” Sergey Sokol, Director General of RT-Chemcomposite, pointed out.

It should be noted that glass-plastic cellular fillers are extensively used in various load-carrying aircraft structures, rockets, as well as parts of radar antenna systems.

International Nuclear Power Conference Held in Bangladesh

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The two-day international conference titled “Nuclear power: a chance of successful economic, social and political development” was opened at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel on May 29. The event is organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh and Rosatom.

The conference was officially opened by Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, and Alexander Nikolaev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

In her welcoming speech the Prime Minister of Bangladesh pointed out that the special nuclear regulatory authority had been created in cooperation with Rosatom and IAEA. The conference papers were delivered by Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, Yuri Sokolov, Vice President of Rusatom Overseas, and others. The speakers discussed safety issues of the nuclear industry, necessity to build a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh, and other problems.

The conference is held within the framework of the Intergovernmental Agreement between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Russian Federation, which should result in construction of the Ruppur NPP in Bangladesh. The plant will include two 1000 MW power units.

New Power Unit Commissioned at Novomoskovsk SDPP

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JSC Quadra (a part of ONEXIM Group) has commissioned a new power generating unit of the Novomoskovsk State District Power Plant (SDPP) in the Tula region. According to the official information, the GSU-190 power unit has a generating capacity of 190 MW.

It should be noted that GSU-190 comprises the PG 9171 E gas turbine unit with a capacity of 126 MW (produced by General Electric), SST PAC 600 steam turbine unit having a capacity of 64 MW (manufactured by Siemens), and P-142 waste heat boiler supplied by JSC Machine-Building Plant ZiO Podolsk (a part of Atomenergomash).

The project cost is estimated at 8 billion rubles. The construction of the gas steam unit at the Novomoskovsk SDPP is included in the investment program, which is currently implemented by JSC Quadra within the framework of capacity supply agreements. The program stipulates the construction of new facilities having a total capacity of 1,090 MW before 2015.

It’s noteworthy that the Novomoskovsk SDPP was put into operation in 1934. The installed electric capacity of the plant reaches 246 MW, with its installed thermal capacity being equal to 698 Gcal/h.

SMD to Equip All Military Vehicles with Navigation Devices

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More than 30 KAMAZ-65117 trucks, which are currently in service with the military units of the Southern Military District, have been equipped with navigation devices in order to optimize the transportation of ammunition and other dangerous materials to the military units.

According to the press service of the Southern Military District, GLONASS navigation system makes it possible to calculate the speed and arrival time regardless of weather conditions. The system is capable of monitoring and analyzing the motorcade movement and deviations from the route, as well as transferring the data directly to a supervisor.

In addition, each vehicle is equipped with communications facilities, which allow a driver to seek help from a supervisor in case of malfunctions or other problems. The navigation system stores the speed data and other parameters that can be deciphered upon arrival and may help to determine the causes of accidents.

All the military vehicles of the Southern Military District are likely to be equipped with GLONASS satellite navigation devices in the near future, the press release states.

Roscosmos to Launch Meteor M-2 in Early September

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The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) plans to launch the Meteor M-2 space vehicle in late August or early September 2013. This came in a statement by Valery Zaichko, Advisor to the Head of the Federal Space Agency.

“Meteor M-2 satellite is likely to be launched at the end of August or at the beginning of September,” Mr. Zaichko stated.

It should be noted that the launch of this meteorological satellite had been originally scheduled for 2011, but was postponed for further development. In addition, Roscosmos has earlier announced its plans to place a group of meteorological satellites into orbit before 2015. The first satellite of the series, which is currently operating in orbit, was launched in 2009.

It’s interesting to mention that apart from the Meteor M-2 meteorological satellite, the Federal Space Agency intends to launch Relek MKA-FKI (small satellite complex for fundamental space studies), which will be used to explore the characteristics and consequences of high-speed processes in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Russia Ready to Help Finland with Army Modernization

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Russia is ready to expand military contacts with Finland and plans to help the country modernize its armed forces. This information was announced by Sergey Shoygu, Defence Minister of the Russian Federation.

It should be noted that Mr. Shoygu is now on a two-day visit to Finland hosted by his Finnish counterpart Carl Haglund. “This is the first contact at the defence ministerial level. I hope we will expand our military contacts,” Russia’s Defence Minister said at a press conference in Helsinki.

In addition, Mr. Shoygu stated that Russia could provide assistance to Finland in the modernization of its army. “Our military experts will hold a series of meetings on this issue in the near future,” he pointed out.

According to Carl Haglund, the Finnish military needs modernizing and plans to purchase new equipment for its air force in the next 10 years.

It’s necessary to mention that during the Soviet era, Finland bought much of its military equipment from the USSR, including MiG-21 fighters and Mi-8 helicopters. After the break-up of the Soviet Union the country shifted its attention to western suppliers.

Balakovo NPP Visited by Ukrainian Delegation

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The specialists of Ukraine’s NAEC Energoatom have paid a working visit to the Balakovo NPP. This information was furnished by the press service of JSC Rosatom.

During their two-day meeting, which was held within the framework of the annual cooperation program implemented by Rosenergoatom and NAEC Energoatom, the Ukrainian colleagues familiarized with the experience in preparation and replacement of turbine condensers at the Balakovo and Kalinin NPPs.

“It is not for nothing that the Ukrainian colleagues are interested in the experience of condensers replacement specifically at Balakovo. Last year, during the repair campaign at the first unit, all three parts of the condenser were successfully replaced. This work was performed at the Balakovo NPP for the first time,” Alexey Yemelianov, Chief Production Engineer of the Department for NPP Maintenance, Repair and Installation at Rosenergoatom, stated.

It’s noteworthy that the program of the secondary copper-containing equipment replacement at Russian NPPs has been actively implemented and is to be completed in 2015-2016.