5 Feb 2018 16:02

FGC prepares to supply power for ESPO spur to Komsomolsk Oil Refinery

MOSCOW. Feb 5 (Interfax) - Federal Grid Company UES has provided power to three oil pump stations on the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline in Khabarovsk territory, setting the stage for future power supply on the pipeline spur to the Komsomolsk Oil Refinery, FGC reported.

In order to make the connections, FGC modernized the communications system and relay protections at three existing substations: Khabarovskaya (500 kV) and Litovko and Start (220 kV). "In that way, the conditions were created for supplying electricity to the 293 kilometer pipeline branch linking ESPO to the Komsomolsk Oil Refinery," FGC said.

Transneft will complete construction of the new pipeline spur by May.

Transneft began building the ESPO spur to the Komsomolsk refinery, part of the Rosneft group, in February 2016. The project will cost 47 billion rubles in all, according to provisional estimates. Construction was initially scheduled to be completed in December 2017, but then moved back to October 2018 due to the postponement of financing on Rosneft's part, delays in FGC connections of Transneft facilities and the protracted process for receiving permits to extract mineral deposits.