Russian utility completes 44-MW Gelbakh, 1.2-MW Magi

The hydropower utility in Russia’s Dagestan Republic brought two hydroelectric projects on line at the end of December, making it the only generating company in Russia to put four hydro plants in operation during 2006.

JSC Regional Power Generation Co. of Dagestan (Dagenergo) said the second 22-MW unit of the 44-MW Gelbakh hydro project was placed in service December 30 in Dagestan’s Kizilurt Region. The first unit began operating in November. (HNN 12/5/06)

Dagestan Republic Chairman Shamil Zainalov started the second unit in a ceremony attended by officials of Dagenergo, Unified Energy Systems of Russia, and other officials. Zainalov said Gelbakh holds the record for speedy completion, in two years.

Dagenergo said the 1.2-MW Magi hydro plant was brought on line a day later in the high-mountain Rutul region. The project utilized Dagenergo’s progressive small-hydro technology, Prometheus, which the utility plans to use to build small hydro projects totaling 100 MW.

Earlier in December, Dagenergo completed testing and brought on line the 1.2-MW Uliyanovsk project, which generates electricity from purified water released from the city of Uliyanovsk’s sewage treatment plant. In March, the 600-kW Agul was put into service on the Chirakhchai River.

Dagenergo said it has received approval to spend 288.3 million rubles (US$10.79 million) from its own funds in 2007 on repair, re-equipment, and reconstruction of its hydroelectric projects. It said 23 hydro generators and one transformer will undergo repairs.

Russian hydro operator JSC HydroOGK is to provide 22.4 million rubles (US$838,000) for a complex safety and security system for Dagenergo hydropower stations.

Dagenergo has announced a hydropower development program that envisions building three cascades of hydro projects totaling 2,400 MW plus numerous smaller hydro projects by 2020.

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