Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak holds informal meeting with students during REW 2017
Moscow, 7 October. – Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak held an informal meeting with students and young specialists in the fuel and energy sector as part of Youth Day during Russian Energy Week. The minister answered questions from the discussion participants in the hall. Young people from Russia’s regions also had an opportunity to interact with the minister via a video bridge. The conversation primarily focused on the future of energy, the role of hydrocarbons, successes in import substitution, modern technologies, and personnel potential.
Commenting on the global energy balance, Novak noted that the hydrocarbon era is not over. “Today they make up 85% of the energy balance. Hydrocarbon production will increase in absolute terms within 20 years. The share of electricity consumption will also increase”, Novak said.
Novak stressed that energy is the driver of economic growth and that significant changes are taking place in the fuel and energy sector today. “Work is under way on a technology for wireless energy transmission and to improve the efficiency of hydrocarbon production. Soon we will see the active development of smart cities and smart networks”, he said.
Asked about the current situation with import substitution in the fuel and energy sector, Novak said that active work to replace foreign technologies was launched in 2014. “We have already abandoned foreign equipment in for many items. For example, Transneft uses 100% Russian equipment and Gazprom is at 95%”, Novak said. At the same time, he said that the use of foreign equipment should not be completely abandoned since there must be competition on the market.
Speaking about employment and the personnel policy in the fuel and energy sector, Novak noted that the industry currently employs 2.5 million people, and all specialized universities interact with companies in the sector. He conceded that some kinds of modern labour in the energy sector may disappear due to robotization and the development of artificial intelligence, but new specializations will appear.
Commenting on the role of alternative energy, Novak said that Russia is developing renewable energy technologies, but that it would not be advisable to completely switch to green throughout the country. “We need a reasonable balance for the sake of developing all sectors of the fuel and energy industry”, Novak stressed.
At the end of the meeting, Novak presented awards to winners and laureates of youth competitions.
Russia plans to attract approximately RUB 1.5 trillion from private investors to revamp its power sector over the next six years, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual address to the Federal Assembly.
An accreditation point for participants in the ‘Russian Energy Week’ International Forum has opened at the State Historical Museum located at 1, Red Ploschad (entrance behind the Georgy Zhukov monument) starting from 3 October. For the convenience of the Forum’s guests, the point is located within walking distance from the main venue of the event – the Manege Central Exhibition Hall (no accreditation is available in the actual Manege Hall) and will be open over the entire duration of Russian Energy Week. Participants can pick up their badges from 8:00 to 20:00 on 3 October, from 8:00 to 18:00 on 4–6 October, and from 8:00 to 16:00 on 7 October. In addition, the accreditation point at the Moscow World Trade Center located at 12, Krasnopresnenskaya Nab., Entrance 7, ground floor will continue to work from 9:00 to 20:00 on 3 October. Badges grant access to the main events of the REW 2017 business programme. Forum participants must wear the badges over the duration of the event and also carry a passport or other identity document. Badges are personalized and may not be transferred to third parties.