24.10.2013 - 29.10.2013 - Turkmenian Ozone Unit in Moscow
On October 24, 2013, Moscow saw the official visit of the Turkmenian ozone unit. The working meeting was attended by:
- Gulshirin Jorayeva, coordinator of the Turkmenian national ozone unit,
- David Danilyans, head of the refrigerating and heating equipment section of Turkmentorgservis acting under the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations of Turkmenistan,
- Alexander Lubeshkin, UNIDO project national coordinator,
- Artem Kushnerev, UNIDO project national consultant,
- Viktor Krutikov and Yury Nuzhdin, instructors of College No. 19.
The first was the day of studying UNIDO’s experience in implementation of the educational component of the project on the phase out of ozone depleting substances in the Russian Federation and recently launched translation and adaptation of European certification programmes for HVAC&R technicians.
The members of the Turkmenian ozone unit visited the first HVAC&R equipment training platform organized with support of UNIDO on the base of Engineering College No. 19.
There they studied the physical infrastructure of the college: Samsung’s domestic and commercial air-conditioner and VRF system classroom, and Clivet’s automated mini-chiller stand, Remak’s ventilation equipment stand, Immergas-based energy-efficient gas boiler stand, and installer practice stand through the example of Aeronik equipment.
The delegation was also familiarized with the structure and content of HVAC&R equipment curricula as well as physical infrastructure, display materials and manual for new course “Detection of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and methods of health- and environment-friendly handling of those substances for officials of the Federal Customs Service and of Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation” elaborated by UNIDO.
The visitors learned about operation of a new rapid-response analyzer for prompt detection of refrigerants and their qualitative composition, and discussed prospects of cooperation between the Turkmenian ozone unit and UNIDO.
On the second day, the delegation visited Professional training center, an autonomous state educational institution, and the Microclimate, Energy Efficiency and Building Automation Centre established on the base of Engineering College No. 19.
GAOU UTs Professional is the oldest and most efficient operating educational institution for adults in Moscow. It is the institution that was selected by UNIDO, Global Environment Facility and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) for holding conference “Natural refrigerant ammonia. Chemical and technical security of the Russian Federation.” MNRE, Professional, APIC, with support of UNIDO, have joint plans to elaborate professional and educational standards and environmental certification system for installation, repair and maintenance of refrigeration equipment in Russia and to develop HVAC&R disciplines at GAOU UTs Professional.
More than 45,000 specialists get training in the areas of industrial, electrical and job safety, self-propelled vehicles, elevated jobs. The visitors saw the launch of the 2275th group.
The guidance department of Professional training center is highly qualified, with many of its developments acknowledged and disseminated all over Russia.
Many disciplines studied at Professional obtained international certification, and examinations are held in the presence of foreign experts and representatives of Russian regulatory bodies and large employers.
Professional offers high-level education and intermediate control of its quality via a computer-aided testing system (on the photo). A great number of thank-you letters from federal executive bodies, companies, and—what’s most important—regulatory bodies lends evidence of that quality.
After the excursion, the representatives of the Turkmenian ozone unit and UNIDO met Igor Tsirin, head of GAOU UTs Professional, and his UK colleagues.
Then the visitors saw the second training platform of the Microclimate, Energy Efficiency and Building Automation Centre organized on the base of Engineering College No. 19. The Centre was organized with support of UNIDO to train HVAC&R professions within the framework of the secondary vocational education system (for more info, please, go to www.проф2.рф).
The representatives of the Turkmenian ozone unit and UNIDO visited the classrooms of Samsung’s domestic and industrial refrigerating system, Ariston’s energy-efficient solar-collector gas boilers, ventilation, and familiarized themselves with the stand describing domestic natural refrigerant (propane) air-conditioners. The visitors showed much interest in training programs elaborated by UNIDO and manufacturers’ representatives. Many of those programs may be realized in Turkmenistan. After the meeting, the parties discussed opportunities and prospects of cooperation in the area of ODSs phase out in both countries, control of their use, and development of HVAC&R professional education.
On October 28, 2013, the Turkmenian delegation met Felix Tokarev, general director of NP ISZS-Montazh self-regulating organization.
From January 1, 2010, Russian Federal law 148-FZ limits permits for construction works to a competency certificate issued by a self-regulating organization. Non-commercial partnership SRO ISZS-Montazh (acronym ISZS stands for installation of engineering systems in buildings and constructions) was established by leading trade associations: APIC (Association of Professionals in Industry of Climate) and ABOK (Engineers Engaged in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Heat Supply and Construction Thermophysics). It is Russia’s largest self-regulating organization operating in the HVAC&R sector and uniting about 600 companies.
Our Turkmenian colleagues took interest in experience of establishment and operation of self-regulating organizations in Russia, professional development and certification of specialists, control over job performance, and financial liability that self-regulating organizations accept for works improperly performed at Customers’ sites.
Elaboration of trade standards is a topical and burning issue for Turkmenistan. So Mr. Tokarev presented the Turkmenian delegation a kit of standards prepared by NP ISZS-Montazh.
The representatives of UNIDO Centre in Russia and NP ISZS-Montazh, and Turkmenian ozone unit discussed possibilities of engaging construction SROs in organization of the ODS domestic use in the Russian Federation.
October 29 was the last day of the visit.
On our colleagues’ request, a trip to Unilever Margarine Factory (http://www.unilever.ru/) was organized for studying experience in operation of natural refrigerant-based systems. Unilever produces and sells products under more than 1,000 brands all over the wolrd. Two billion people use its products every day, and such brands as Calve, Domestos, Dove, Knorr, Lipton, Rama, Rexona, Sunsilk, Timotei, Baltimor, Beseda, Brook Bond, and others are well known both in Russia and abroad (for full list of brands, please, visit http://www.unilever.ru/brands-in-action/view-brands.aspx?view=AtoZ).
At many Unilever’s facilities, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient systems based on natural refrigerant ammonia are used. The representatives of UNIDO, Turkmenian ozone unit and OOO GEA Refrigeration RUS visited one of them in company of Unilever technical personnel.
The system containing more than 3 tons of ammonia has been in operation for 13 years and shows high performance in terms of energy efficiency. It has never been re-charged and high-quality equipment and competent technical personnel ensure its safety. As a comparison, old installations produced yet in the Soviet time are obsolete, over-aged and require systematic re-charging with hard-to-control amounts of refrigerants.
After the visit to the Unilever facility, a meeting took part in the building of State Hospitality and Management College No. 23, which was attended by the UNIDO representatives and members of secondary vocational educational institutions from Austria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Canada and Jamaica.
At the meeting, Artem Kushnerev, UNIDO national consultant, spoke about the progress of the project on HCFC phase out in the Russian Federation, establishment of the Microclimate, Energy Efficiency and Building Automation Centre supported by UNIDO, and UNIDO programs in the area of professional education.
The event completed with informal discussion on future development of the Russian professional education, cooperation of educational institutions with their social partners and international organizations, and a small concert organized by students of College No. 23.