Russian utility commissions upgraded unit at 84-MW Volkhovskaya

Russia’s Territorial Generation Co. No. 1 (TGC-1) has commissioned an upgraded unit in its 84-MW Volkhovskaya hydroelectric project on the Volkhov River in Russia’s Leningrad Oblast.

Power Machines manufactured and supplied the turbine and generator, modernized controls and excitation, and implemented an automatic process control system under terms of a contract to reconstruct 9-MW Unit 1 awarded in 2007. (HNN 12/4/07) The upgrade increased unit capacity to 12 MW.

Following completion of the Unit 1 upgrade, Volkhovskaya now has four 12-MW units and four 9-MW units. Power Machines said it and TGC-1 were studying the possibility of rebuilding the other four 9-MW units. It also said the parties were studying possible reconstruction of two units of the 99-MW Nizhne-Svirskaya hydroelectric project. (HNN 3/21/08)

Volkhovskaya was the first hydropower plant to be built under the Soviet Union’s Electrification State Program (GOELRO) in 1926.

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