RusHydro commissions 100-MW Gotsatlinskaya hydroelectric project

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The 100-MW Gotsatlinskaya hydropower project on the Avarskoye Koisu River in Dagestan has been commissioned and permitted to sell electricity to the wholesale market, according to Russian energy giant RusHydro.

Work on the project, developed by RusHydro’s wholly-owned subsidiary JSC Sulak Hydrocascade, began in January 2007.

The plant includes a 69-meter tall rockfill dam, 491-meter spillway tunnel, water intake, conduit, 453-meter construction tunnel, turbine building, bypass canal and two 50 MW Francis turbine units. The dam was constructed out of a shingle system earlier tested at the Boguchanskaya and Irganayskaya hydroelectric plants.

HydroWorld.com reported in October 2006 that UES hydropower subsidiary HydroOGK had allocated US$9 million to finance work on the project.

The plant is intended to help reduce regional power shortages which, according to RusHydro (LSE: HYDR), amounted to 1.8 TWh in 2014.

Gotsatlinskaya is the 16th operated by the company’s Dagestan branch.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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