Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) of Serbia and Power Machines of Russia have signed an agreement to rehabilitate Unit A2 in the 1,050-MW Djerdap 1 hydro plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
This agreement continues ongoing work on this unit, with this phase of rehabilitation to start in September 2018 and last until October 2019.
“We are continuing a very successful cooperation that has lasted more than half a century, ever since Power Machines delivered the generator equipment during the power plants construction on Danube,” said Milorad Grcic, acting director of EPS.
Rehabilitation of four units at Djerdap 1 has been completed so far. The last phase of the work, on Unit A3, and completion of the Djerdap 1 rehabilitation is planned for January 2021.
The overhaul of Djerdap 1 will enable EPS to increase unit capacity by 10%, as well as extending the facility’s lifetime by 40 years. The first unit at Djerdap 1 began operating in 1970, and altogether the plant generates more than 5.5 billion kWh of electricity annually.
Additionally, EPS says it plans to partner with Power Machines to rehabilitate the 10 units at the Djerdap 2 project.
Between them, Djerdap 1 and 2 have a total capacity of 1,369 MW.
EPS owns a total of 16 hydropower plants, with a capacity of 2,936 MW from 50 turbine-generator units. These make up more than 40% of the country’s total power potential.