EuroSibEnergo announces upgrade program for Siberian hydroelectric plants

Russia’s EuroSibEnergo has announced a US$200 million modernization program that the privately-held power producer says will add more than 560 MW-worth of capacity to its hydroelectric power fleet in Siberia.

Under a modernization program called “New Energy”, EuroSibEnergo said it will perform upgrades at the 6,000-MW Krasnoyarsk, 4,500-MW Bratsk and 3,840-MW Ust-Ilimsk hydropower plants. The work includes replacement of hydraulic components, 12 turbine runners, generator transformers and switchgear. Equipment will be manufactured by Saint Petersburg-based Power Machines.

The rehabilitations are expected to be completed by 2018, saving the generator up to 800,000 tons of coal and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two million tons per year.

Following the initial round of upgrades, EuroSibEnergo will supply new turbine runners and other “technologically advanced improvements” to the Irkutsk plant, raising its output capacity from 160 MW to 822 MW.

“The New Energy upgrade program is a tool to leverage Siberian hydro energy potential as it will increase reliability of our hydropower plants and will satisfy Siberia’s need for clean energy,” CEO Vyacheslav Solomin said. “We are convinced that the future of the Siberian energy should be fueled by advanced, clean and innovative technologies.”

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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