Power Machines completes installation of new hydro turbine at Russia’s Rybinskaya

Unit No. 2 at Russia’s 356.4-MW Rybinskaya hydroelectric plant has been replaced, according to a release from equipment manufacturer Power Machines.

The modernization project is part of utility RusHydro’s comprehensive renovation program and increased the output capacity of Rybinskaya (also “Rubinsk”) by about 10 MW.

Power Machines said the new 65 MW generating unit passed individual tests in December, at which point separate components and systems were checked under no-load trial runs. The unit was then officially commissioned after running for 72 hours under load.

“The old hydropower unit No. 2 at Rybinskaya hydropower plant was put into operation back in the beginning of 1942,” RusHydro OJSC representative Andrey Derezhkov said. “The new one is produced using state-of-the-art technologies and materials, it has high technical and economic performance and is fully compliant with current environmental requirements.”

The plant is part of the Volga-Kama cascade. Power Machines said it will upgrade the facility’s remaining three hydropower units and one unit at 110-MW Uglichskaya by 2020, increasing the cascade’s cumulative capacity by about 50 MW.

HydroWorld.com reported that RusHydro used funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to invite pre-qualifications for the work at Rybinskaya in October 2012.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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