Power Machines to equip Russia’s 3,000-MW Boguchanskaya

Hydro utility HydroOGK and aluminum producer RUSAL awarded a contract to JSC Power Machines of Russia to supply turbines for the 3,000-MW Boguchanskaya hydroelectric project being built on Russia’s Angara River.

The contract, worth more than 3 billion rubles (US$114.2 million) calls for design, testing, manufacturing, transportation, and supervision of installation of nine turbines of 339 MW each. Delivery is expected to begin in 2008.

Power Machines, Russia’s leading hydro equipment supplier, comprises Leningradsky Metallicheskiy Zavod, Electrosila, Turbine Blades Plant, and the Energomashexport trading company.

Boguchanskaya is the largest power facility currently under construction in Russia. (HNN 8/9/06) Financing of its construction in 2006 equals US$222.5 million.

Currently the concrete face of the 208-meter-tall dam has been constructed to a height between 169 and 181 meters, its development partners said. The supporting rock embankment is 151 meters tall.

HydroOGK and RUSAL are carrying out the project jointly as a key step to create the Boguchanskoye Energy and Metals Complex, which also will include an aluminum smelter that is to be the hydro project’s primary customer.

HydroOGK is Russia’s largest generating company by capacity, with 49 hydropower plants totaling 23,300 MW. RUSAL is the world’s third largest primary aluminum producer, operating in nine regions of Russia and 13 other countries.

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