The hydropower utility in Russia’s Dagestan Republic has begun testing the 1.2-MW Uliyanovsk hydroelectric project, which is to generate electricity from purified water released from the city of Uliyanovsk’s sewage treatment plant.
JSC Regional Power Generation Co. of Dagestan (Dagenergo) said workers from Dagenergo and prime contractor Energostroy Ltd. put the first of two generators at Uliyanovsk (also called Uljanovsk) under trial test November 30 and began preparing for similar testing of the second unit.
The company began construction of the project in September, employing Dagenergo’s progressive small hydro technology, named Prometheus. (HNN 9/29/06) Uliyanovsk has an estimated cost of 23 million rubles (US$860,000).
Enterprises contributing to the project included Dagenergo, Uljanovsk Regional Machinery Stock, municipal water purification office Uliyanovskvodokanal, and JSC Uljanovsk Industrial Equipment Design Agency.
Rotor installed at 44-MW Gelbakh
Dagenergo also announced the rotor of the second generator was installed November 24 at 44-MW Gelbakh hydro project.
Gelbakh’s first 22-MW unit was placed in service November 3 in Dagestan’s Kizilurt Region. Dagestan Republic Chairman Shamil Zainalov connected the project to the regional grid in a ceremony attended by officials of Dagenergo, Unified Energy Systems of Russia, and contractors Energostroy and KaspiySGEM Ltd.
Dagenergo said construction of Gelbakh, which began in November 2004, was accomplished with the utility’s own funds, with no borrowing.