Russian hydropower generator HydroOGK and regional Russian officials launched construction August 15 of the 242-MW Zaramagskoy 1 hydroelectric project on the Ardon River in North Osetia Republic.
HydroOGK President Vyacheslav Sinyugin, who took part in the event, said the project is to be completed in 2011. It is to become part of the Ardonskogo Cascade of hydropower plants in North Osetia, in southwestern Russia near the border of Georgia.
In 2006, Russian utility Unified Energy Systems included completion of the 352-MW Zaramagskie complex, including Zaramagskoy 1, in its plans to invest 330 billion rubles (US$12.36 billion) in hydro capacity through 2009. (HNN 8/9/06)
North Osetia has hydropower potential to generate 5.2 billion kWh but uses only 7 percent of its capacity and meets only 16 percent of its own demand of 2.1 billion kWh, officials said. By 2020, Russia plans to develop 13,300 MW of hydropower in Russia’s southern federal region.