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ArticleName Kola power network development for the sake of the mining industry in the Murmansk Region
DOI 10.17580/gzh.2020.09.14
ArticleAuthor Kuznetsov N. M., Minin V. A., Selivanov V. N.

Center for Physicotechnical Problems of Power Generation Sector of the North, Kola Science Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Russia:

N. M. Kuznetsov, Leading Researcher, Candidate of Engineering Sciences,
V. A. Minin, Head of Laboratory, Candidate of Engineering Sciences
V. N. Selivanov, Director, Candidate of Engineering Sciences


Efficiency advancement in the power generation sector in the Arctic area requires technical and economic analysis of the centralized and independent power supply performance based on the forecast of consumption of fuel and power resources. The backbone of the Murmansk Region economy is the primary industry, including its most power-hungry branches of ferrous metallurgy, nonferrous metallurgy and mining-and-chemical industry. Reliable power supply is critical for the efficient economic performance of the Murmansk Region. To this effect, it is required to adhere to energy-saving, to change to a new power network architecture with distributed power generation, digitalization and intellectualization of power supply, as well as to expand distributed power generation in the energy budget with active participation of consumers in the power demand management. Integration of distributed power generation from renewable energy sources toward sustainable advance and performance of the power network needs a sound concept of virtual power plants, aimed to incorporate generation sources, energy storages and energy consumers. Virtual power plants are to administer power system capacity distribution, voltage adjustment, and wattless power and frequency drift control in the power system upon variation in power consumption.
This article describes the Kola power system diagram, history of power consumption in the Murmansk Region and the change in the fuel-and-energy budget structure with development of the regional mining industry.

keywords Mining sector, power system, hydropower engineering, wind power generation, tidal power, energy saving, power resources

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