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10:59 | Jun 25 | 2014

Yakutia expanding cooperation with Denmark

 On June 22 Yegor Borisov met with the delegation from the Kingdom of Denmark, headed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Denmark to the Russian Federation Mr. Thomas Winkler. The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister of the republic Galina Danchikova, Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Marinychev, Chairman of the Board of Danfoss A / S Jorgen Clausen, and other officials.

It is no secret that the main driving force behind the booming economy of Yakutia are investments. Today, they account for one third of the gross regional product of the republic. However, more investments are required to maintain the momentum. That was the topic at the meeting of Yegor Borisov with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Denmark Thomas Winkler.

Yakutia is extremely rich in natural resources, the exploration of which promises a handsome profit to any investor, even despite the harsh climatic conditions and infrastructure complexity. At the same time, the republic has to address a number of social issues.

Yakutia has become especially appealing after Vladimir Putin announced the development of the Far East a priority of the Russian state policy in the near future.

Thus, the investment potential of the republic has caused an increased interest of Arab businessmen at the IV Dubai Investment Forum. The World Bank has recently confirmed its willingness to invest in the construction of kindergartens in Yakutia. The Canadian company Silver Bear is ready to continue its activities in the republic at Mangazeysky silver deposit. During the talks on the previous day, Yegor Borisov and Consul General of Japan in Khabarovsk Hideaki Noguchi also discussed cooperation opportunities of Japanese business in Yakutia.

Thomas Winkler was particularly interested in the economic relations between Yakutia and China. It was only natural due to the recent signing of the agreement on long-term supplies of Russian gas between Gazprom and CNPC in Shanghai in the presence of the leaders of Russia and China. These deliveries from Yakutia will begin with putting into operation Power of Siberia gas pipeline from Chayanda oil and gas condensate field located in the west of the republic.

However, apart from the general interest in the largest northern region of the country, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark, who paid his first visit to Yakutia, had a specific reason to meet the acting head of Yakutia.

As part of the meeting, the government of the Sakha Republic signed an agreement with Danfoss A/S Company on cooperation in energy saving and energy efficiency in public sector, housing, various industries, energy generation, capital construction and utilities.

Founded in 1933, Danfoss A/S today is the world's leading manufacturer of energy efficient equipment. The company's products are used in heating systems, refrigeration and air-conditioning, control and management systems, as well as for adjusting electric engines.

In 2013, the annual turnover of Danfoss A/ S amounted to 4.5 billion euros. The total number of employees worldwide makes some 22,500 people. The production facilities are located at 59 factories in 18 countries. Danfoss A / S has been operating in Russia since 1993.

The Agreement opens up new opportunities for the implementing modern energy efficient technologies on the territory of Yakutia. In particular, there are options for the project "Energy Efficient District" in the city of Yakutsk, including the development of the heating systems concept with the use of advanced integrated energy saving solutions.

In addition, the project "Warm House. Energy saving without miracles" is becoming a reality The purpose of this project is the comprehensive implementation of proven cost-effective energy-saving technologies for modernization, renovation and major repairs of residential buildings and buildings owned by the republic or municipalilites.

The Agreement was signed by the Vice-Prime Minister of Yakutia Pavel Marinychev and Chairman of the Board of Danfoss A / S Jørgen Clausen.

When signing the document, Mr. Clausen said that the effective cooperation with Yakutia in the field of energy saving technologies will be useful and beneficial in terms of marketing for his company. He also expressed willingness to consider the participation of the company in infrastructure projects in the region.

In his turn, Yegor Borisov suggested thinking about placing Danfoss A / S production facilities in Yakutia. Yegor Afanasevich estimated that the energy saving equipment will be in high demand in the Russian Far East and Siberia, thus, it is better to place the production closer to the markets.