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December 8, 2021

Alexander Beglov and Alexander Novak Discuss Preparations for World Energy Congress

St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak discussed the development of St. Petersburg’s energy industry and preparations for the 25th World Energy Congress at a meeting in Smolny. The Congress will take place in Russia’s northern capital on 24–27 October 2022.

“The city will ensure that the Congress is held at the highest level. We have extensive experience in organizing major international events. A plan has already been created based on which all the necessary infrastructure is being prepared,” Beglov said.

Beglov said that proposals have been sent to World Energy Council Secretary General and CEO Angela Wilkinson to hold preparatory events for the Congress in the city. In particular, during the Russian International Energy Forum in April 2022, a summit will be held to model scenarios for the transformation of the city’s energy infrastructure. A videoconference is scheduled between representatives of the World Energy Council, the Government of St. Petersburg, and the Russian National Committee of the World Energy Council.

St. Petersburg has sent the Russian National Committee of the World Energy Council a list of 88 proposals from leading universities and major industry organizations of the city and the country concerning the events of the Congress’s business programme.

“We are working with our partner cities that could take part in the Congress. In addition, more than 50 proposals have already been received from St. Petersburg energy and industrial companies as well as scientific organizations to set up their exhibits at our official booth,” Beglov said.

A concept for the development of the energy industry of a city of the future will be presented at the Congress based on the example of St. Petersburg. The draft concept has been discussed with experts and authorities, and the terms of reference for its drafting have been prepared.