Unified Energy Systems of Russia CEO Anatoly Chubais, who is also chairman of the CIS Energy Council, has positively evaluated the pace of work on the unification of the energy systems in the CIS and Europe but noted that this is a long process.
"In general we are moving at the right speed in the process of merging the energy systems in the CIS and Europe, however this process swill take longer than a couple of months or a year," he said after a meeting of the CIS Energy Council in Bishkek on Friday.
Chubais noted that at the meeting of the council in March 2002 a memorandum was passed on the parallel operations of the CIS energy systems with the unified energy system in Europe.
Over the past year the Union for the Co-ordination of Transmission of Electricity (UCTE) has carried out research into the possibility of uniting the systems in the CIS and Europe and has continued this work on the fundamental research market.
He explained that what is under discussion is fundamental research into the energy unification - in particular, research into what will happen with the dynamic stability of an energy system of this size. The UES chief also noted that "a synchronized energy system from Lisbon to Bishkek does not exist in the world," and as a result, technical, legal, economic and other issues arise.
However, Chubais noted that the first results of this research, published by UCTE, are encouraging. He said that on the eve of the CIS Energy Council meeting, he held a meeting with Eurelectric President.
Interfax, June 30, 2003