Belarus to build and upgrade 164 energy facilities running on local fuels by 2016


Belarus will build and modernize 164 energy facilities running on local fuels by 2016. This goal is envisaged in the National Program for the Development of Local Fuels and Renewable Energy for 2011-2015 approved by the Council of Ministers’ Resolution No 586. 

According to the national program, Belarus is set to commission energy facilities running on local fuels of 41-49 MW of electric power, and 1063 MW of thermal power. These will help replace 557.66 thousand tonnes of fuel equivalent. Facilities operating on wood and peat fuel will be put into operation this year. This will increase the share of local fuels by nearly 194,000 tonnes of fuel equivalent in the country’s fuel mix.

The purpose of the National Program for the Development of Local Fuels and Renewable Energy for 2011-2015 is to increase the share of local energy resources and start new trends in Belarus’ energy sector in 2011-2015 bringing the share of local fuels up to 30% of the fuel mix by 2015. According to the document, by 2015 Belarus intends to increase the use local and renewable energy 1.9 times to 5.7 million tonnes of fuel equivalent, and substitute 2.4 billion cubic meters of natural gas as compared to 2010. By substituting fossil fuels with renewable energy, Belarus will be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 2.710 thousand tonnes of CO2 by 2015.

The national program is estimated at over $ 3.45 billion. The sources of financing will be equity funds of organizations, borrowed and attracted funds, including loans from banks and non-bank financial institutions, as well as investors’ funds, funds of the national and local budgets, innovation funds.

The document has been developed on the basis of Directive No 3, laws on energy conservation and on renewable energy and also resolutions of the Council of Ministers.

According to www.belta.by