LUKOIL commissions renovated 1.5-MW Beshenka River small hydropower plant

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LUKOIL has renovated and commissioned a 1.5-MW small-scale hydropower plant (HPP) with on the Beshenka River in the Krasnodar region of Russia.

The plant was constructed in 2004 as part of the Krasnopolyanskaya HPP complex. The reconstruction project entailed renovating the hydropower unit and completely replacing the operational dispatching management system, which will allow for unmanned operation of the HPP in the future.

Modernization of this facility made it possible to use the hydropower potential of the Krasnopolyanskaya HPP complex to a greater extent. The HPP will deliver power to the retail market and provide electricity for consumers located at the Krasnaya Polyana mountaintop resort and the city of Sochi.

Renovation of this plant is yet another project aimed at increasing the share of renewables in LUKOIL’s energy balance.

LUKOIL operates a large portfolio of generation facilities running on renewable energy sources. In 2019, renewable generation accounted for 6% of LUKOIL’s commercial electricity production, reducing greenhouse gases emissions by more than 500 thousand tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually.

LUKOIL’s main renewable assets include four hydropower plants in Russia (total capacity 291 MW), the 84-MW Land Power wind farm in Romania, and solar plants in Russia (in the Volgograd region), Romania and Bulgaria (with aggregate capacity exceeding 20 MW).

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