A meeting on the regulation of Lake Inari was held in Finland

23.01.2019
[Translate to English:] Главный инженер Филиала "Кольский" Олег Тяпинов (справа)

[Translate to English:] Главный инженер Филиала "Кольский" Олег Тяпинов (справа)

On 23 January 2019, a working meeting of power engineers from Russia, Norway and environmentalists of the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and Environment of Lapland, dedicated to the Lake Inari water management, was held in Saariselka (Finland). Oleg Tyapinov, Chief Engineer of the Kolsky Branch, Alexey Semenov, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Kolsky Branch, and Evgeny Kotov, Chief Engineer of the Paz HPPs Cascade, spoke as representatives of TGC-1.

Resources of the Finnish Lake Inari are used for generating electricity at Russian and Norwegian HPPs. The parties discuss issues of shared water use during regular working meetings: Provide forecast of water reserves, determine optimal operating modes of hydro power plants, and coordinate repairs of main equipment.

"Our trilateral cooperation turns 60 years old this year. For the world practice this is a unique example of fruitful international cooperation in the field of energy and ecology, which is based on the principles of conservation of natural characteristics of the reservoir and biodiversity of Inari," said Oleg Tyapinov.

The results of the meeting will be declared in the Minutes to be signed by the authorised representatives of the three countries in St. Petersburg on February 2019.

Reference

The trilateral agreement on Lake Inari water management by means of Kaitakoski HPP was signed in 1959 between the governments of the USSR, Norway and Finland. The subject of the agreement was water level control in Lake Inari, located on the territory of Finland, and in Paz River, flowing out of the lake and passing through the territory of Finland, Russia and Norway.

There are seven HPPs at the bank of the river, five of them are combined into the Paz HPPs Cascade of TGC-1 and the rest two are a part of the energy complex of Norway.