Belarus’ 24-MW Polotskaya hydroelectric plant commissioned

Belarusian utility RUP Vitebskenergo has commissioned its 24-MW Polotskaya hydropower project, located on the West Dvina River in the country’s northern region.

The plant was outfitted by manufacturer Mavel, a.s., which supplied five Kaplan turbines, generators, hydraulic units, gearboxes and control systems, in addition to assembly and technical services.

Mavel signed the equipment contract in 2010, though flooding at the site in April 2013 caused a number of delays.

The Czech company said the turbines installed at Polotskaya are its KP3000K4 type, which were also selected for installation at the Grodenskaya plant in 2010.

Financing for the plant is reported to have come from the Eurasian Development Bank.

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