The Russian economy continues to thrive and is expected to grow by 4.8% in 2011. Against this backdrop, Grundfos Pumps have made some significant inroads in this region.
One aspect has been the latest expansion of the Grundfos factory at Istra – 60 kilometres from Moscow - that was recently inaugurated by Queen Margrethe of Denmark.
Another significant initiative saw Grundfos sign a framework agreement with the leading Russian heating supply company (MHSC) that is worth 100/125 million Euros. The agreement will see a review of Moscow’s traditional district heating system that will include an assessment of 6,000 district heating sub-stations and a 2-pipe system that is the equivalent to 2,400km – the distance from Moscow to Paris.
Grundfos Group Executive Vice President Søren Ø. Sørensen said “significant savings – both economically and environmentally – are achievable in a network of this size, Based on our experience from similar projects in other cities, we know that energy efficiency improvements of at least 50% are possible”.
By undertaking energy audits, Grundfos will quickly assess the plants and pumping systems and their recommendations will halt the thermal losses, and by adopting variable speed pump technology, they will optimise the network. This will in turn reduce the energy consumed in the district heating systems and reduce the pollution, a win/win situation for everyone.