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Marode russische Fabriken sollen saniert werden. Quelle: Reuters

Ailing Russian factories are to be rehabilitated. Source: Reuters

BERLIN. The desolate state of the Russian energy infrastructure offers German companies and medium-sized businesses tremendous opportunities. proclaimed by the tailwind of the Russian state , the ambitious goals for increasing energy efficiency, a number of projects currently goes into the implementation phase. As a mediator and facilitator for German companies to act , which was founded a year ago , Russian-German Energy Agency Rudea .

ChemMachine example : For the city in the Urals , with its chemical site on which employs 25 000 people who drafted the Rudea an energy plan. The energy supply of the chemical production is to be completely redone. Simultaneously, with the resulting waste heat of industrial heating a future housing development with 150 000 inhabitants. In the implementation of German companies such as Imtech Scholze group or the AG are involved.

" But this project triggers investment in the high hundreds of millions , "says Stephan Kohler , head of the semi- German Energy Agency ( Dena ). The Dena has initiated the establishment of the Rudea last year and is itself a 40 percent stake in the Russian agency . Another shareholder is the Russian Energy Carbon Fund , founded by the former Russian state electricity company RAO EES Rossii . The Advisory Council on the German side Rudea include companies such as ABB, BASF, Eon Ruhrgas, Herrenknecht, Lurgi, Siemens and at Viessmann . Even three ministries are represented.

Other projects include Rudea about the modernization and efficiency of electricity transmission networks in the Urals and the street in Ekaterinburg, the modernization of the plant in municipal water works, but also training programs for managers and engineers. The state inspired the work of Rudea by defining clear objectives: With the Energy Efficiency Act was first enshrined in law in Russia, a savings target : By 2020, reduce energy intensity by 40 percent. In addition, Russian verplichtet districts to implement their own energy efficiency policies .

Energy, industry and housing in Russia have the highest energy efficiency potentials. Overall, could save according to estimates by experts 40-50 percent of current primary energy consumption. This value is roughly twice the energy of the annual gas exports from Russia to the EU. Long time since the Russian government has come to the realization that it is worthwhile to sell gas and oil to Europe instead of chasing it in inefficient industries and poorly insulated apartment blocks by the chimneys .

Kohler is convinced that in Russia there is great interest in German know -how in energy efficiency and energy infrastructure . " For Russia, Germany stands on these issues in the first place , "says Kohler. Companies such as Siemens benefit. Details of the Munich technology company that wants only the Russian federal grid company FGC by 2012 approximately twelve billion € invested in the development of the high – for Siemens an interesting field . Only in May joined Siemens Energy and FGC a cooperation agreement for the modernization of the Russian power . The goal is to reduce the energy losses in electricity transmission.