5 Aug 2010 13:28

Power consumption in Russia up 5% in Jan-July

MOSCOW. Aug 5 (Interfax) - The use of electricity in Russia was up 5% year-on-year at 578 billion kilowatt-hours in January-July, and up 4.9% at 73 billion kWh just in July, Systems Operator reported.

Consumption in the unified energy system rose 5.2% year-on-year to 566.9 billion kWh in the seven months and 5.1% in July to 71.7 billion kWh, while consumption in isolated grids fell 4.8% and 4.5%, respectively.

Russia generated 587.3 billion kWh of electricity in the seven months, up 4.9% year-on-year, including 575.3 billion kWh in the unified system, up 5.1%, and 11.97 billion kWh in isolated systems, down 4.8%.

Coal- and gas-fired plants generated 354.1 billion kWh for consumers in the unified system in the seven months, up 8.2% year-on-year. Hydro-plants produced 97 billion kWh, down 4.9%, and nuclear plants 97 billion kWh, up 6.6%.

In July, Russia produced 73.8 billion kWh of electricity, up 4.7% year-on-year, including the unified system 72.5 billion kWh, up 4.9%, and the isolated systems 1.29 billion kWh, down 4.5%.

Coal- and gas-fired power plants raised output 9.6% to 40.9 billion kWh in July, hydro-plants reduced it 1.3% to 14.9 billion kWh and nuclear plants raised it 0.1% to 13.4 billion kWh.