RusHydro launches 30.6-MW Zaragizhskaya hydropower plant

PJSC RusHydro has announced the launch of its 30.6-MW Zaragizhskaya hydroelectric plant.

The company said Zaragizhskaya is a “derivation plant” that was designed to operate without a dam. Instead, the pressure needed to operate the project’s turbine is created by a natural height difference in the channel the plant draws its water from.

The US$65.6 million plant is the third in RusHydro’s Nizhne-Cherkei cascade, which also includes the 120-MW Aushigerskaya and 65-MW Kashkhatau projects.

The project is located in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, a federal subject of Russia, in the North Caucasus.

HydroWorld.com reported that the Russian energy conglomerate opened the 140-MW Zelenchukskaya last week.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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