JSC Eastern Energy Company is a subsidiary of PJSC Inter RAO and Russian exporter of electricity to China and Mongolia.
JSC EEC was established in 2007 to develop projects focused on exporting electricity to China and Mongolia and to extend cooperation with other Asian and Asia-Pacific countries in the energy sector. The company is currently engaged in the implementation of projects to develop the energy sector in the Russian Far East.
The company has financed and built a unique engineering structure - the 500 kV Amurskaya - Heihe overhead transmission line across the Amur River. It is the first interstate extra-high voltage transmission line connecting the Russian Far East and northeastern provinces of China. The commissioning of a 500 kV line in 2012 resulted in a six-fold increase in potential electricity exports.
A new long-term contract with the State Grid Corporation of China, signed in February 2012, sets out a roadmap for 100 billion kWh of electricity exports over the next 25 years.
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The project to expand electricity exports from the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China is being implemented within the framework of strategic cooperation between the two countries in the electric power industry. The project is aimed at the gradual increase of electricity supplies to Chinese consumers in accordance with the plans agreed by the parties.
The project covers several areas: from supplying excess electricity to Chinese border areas from the Amur Oblast via existing power transmission lines and building the first 500 kV interstate transmission line to construction of new power generation facilities and grids.
The supply of electricity is based on demands from China and the capacities of the Russian power system. The transmission lines between Russia and China currently have the capacity to supply up to 6–7 billion kWh of electricity per year.
Inter RAO Group and the State Grid Corporation of China are considering various integrated project options, including development of coal mines, construction of large TPPs in the Russian Far East as well as interstate extra-high and ultra-high voltage transmission lines in Russia and China.