RusHydro installs turbines at 320-MW Nizhne-Bureyskaya in temperatures at -42 degrees Celsius


Despite air temperature at the construction site falling to -42 degrees Celsius, Public Joint-Stock Company Federal Hydro-Generating Co. (RusHydro) has begun installing the first two hydroelectric units produced by OJSC Power Machines at the 320-MW Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydroelectric plant located on the Bureya River, a tributary of the Amur River, in the Russian Far East.

OJSC Power Machines was awarded the contract that includes the design, manufacture, supply and installation of four 80 MW turbines with adjustable blades in November 2013. The facility is expected to annually produce 1.65 TWh, according to RusHydro.

Power Machines will also supply an automated control system, a hydro generator that has an excitation system as well as auxiliary equipment.

Nizhne-Bureyskaya will be a counter-regulator 90 km downstram from the 2,000-MW Bureyskaya hydroelectric scheme commissioned in 2009. The second component of the Bureya Energy Complex, construction of Nizhne-Bureyskaya began in 2010 and is one of the priority projects in RusHydro’s investment program.

RusHydro operates 61 hydroelectric power plants, two hydroelectric pumped-storage power plants, the catchment areas of the Irkutsk, Bratsk and Ust-Ilimsk hydroelectric projects and other energy generation facilities.

Also, the company owns 90% of the shares in CJSC International Energy Corp. and is implementing the Verkhne-Narynsky hydropower cascade construction project in Kirghizia together with OJSC Electric Stations.

The total installed capacity of the company’s assets is about 38.6 GW. From January to September in 2015, RusHydro Group reduced electricity output by 3.5% year-on-year to 83.569 billion kWh.

The company’s authorized capital is RUB 386.255 billion (US$4.95 billion).


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