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In late June SGS conducted the certification audit of Executive Office of «The Second Generation Company of Electric Energy Wholesale Market» Public Company (in abbreviated form OAO “OGK-2”) regarding compliance to the international standard ISO 9001:2000. Not a single critical non-compliance has been identified as a result of the verification procedure.

Certification is part of the project for development and implementation of the economically effective and transparent quality management system (QMS) in the organization. This project was initiated by OAO “OGK-2” management 1.5 years ago. Audit of the five thermal power plants controlled by OAO «OGK-2» (Serovskaya TPP, Pskovskaya TPP, Troitskaya TPP, Stavropolskaya TPP and Surgutskaya TPP) has been scheduled for the period from November 2007 up to March 2008. Each power plant will be properly checked in terms of conformity to standard’s requirements.

While selecting the certification body ОАО “ОGK-2” took into consideration the following criteria:

  • Accreditation in UKAS (UK), DAR (Germany) and SAS (Switzerland) for ISO 9001:2000 certification;
  • Presence in Russia and availability of Russian-speaking auditors;
  • Experience in certification of electrical generation companies and possibility to involve technical experts from power industry area;
  • Number of management systems certified by the body not less than 10’000.

As a result of the tender SGS, the largest international body for management system certification (80’000 certified clients in 80 countries, 105’000 issued certificates, 40 national accreditations for ISO 9001:2000) has been selected.

Andrey Chudayev , Head of QMS Implementation Project , Head of D epartment for Development and Investment s of O АО О GK -2”: “Certification according to ISO 9001:2000 should give an independent evaluation of the fact whether or not the implemented Quality Management System complies with international standard requirements based on sustainable business development principles. Irreproachable reputation and experience of SGS, including that in energy sector, guarantee impartiality and international recognition of evaluation results”.

Konstantin Timoshechkin , SGS Vostok Limited System & Service Certification Manager: “Global practice says that QMS certification in energy sector is one of the tools to increase capitalization of an organization and to attract investors. For ОАО “ОGK-2”, international certification is a timely step towards IPO.”

ОАО “ОGK-2” is one of the leaders in production and sales of power energy among generation companies in Russia. Currently ОGK-2 controls share holdings of five large federal thermal power plants with total capacity 8,5 GW.