RusHydro starts full-size replacement unit of 2,000-MW Bureyskaya

With the participation of government and utility officials, Russian hydro utility RusHydro began commercial operation of a second full-size replacement generating unit at the 2,000-MW Bureyskaya hydroelectric project in Russia’s Amurskaya Region.

Although Bureyskaya has been running a full complement of six turbine-generators since 2007, plant owner RusHydro replaced two 185-MW units first installed before Bureyskaya’s dam had reached its full height. (HNN 11/26/08)

With the dam enlarged, the new units, built by subsidiaries of OJSC Power Machines, are rated at 335 MW, RusHydro said. RusHydro said the project now totals 1,975 MW and is to reach 2,000 MW in 2009.

Russian Federation Deputy Premier Igor Sechin told the December 22 ceremony that launch of the larger unit is Russia’s response to events taking place in world markets. He said energy is the engine of the Russian economy and will receive all measures of state support, including government guarantees, working capital in key industries, and loans at preferential rates.

Work on Bureyskaya began in the early 1980s on the Bureya River but was suspended in the 1990s due to insufficient funding. In 2000, the project was made a top priority. In 2006, project management was transferred to RusHydro, the giant hydropower generating company.
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