Russian officials inaugurate 320-MW Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydroelectric plant

A ceremony attended by Russian president Vladimir Putin marked the official inauguration of RusHydro’s 320-MW Nizhne-Bureyskaya hydroelectric plant.

The project is a counter-regulator for the upstream 2,000-MW Bureyskaya and is located on the Bureya River, a tributary of the Amur River, in the Russian Far East.

Nizhne-Bureyskaya is a joint venture between RusHydro and the China Three Gorges Corp., per an agreement signed by the companies in May 2015.

Construction began in 2010, followed by a contract awarded to Russian equipment manufacturer Power Machines OJSC to outfit the plant’s four-unit powerhouse in November 2013.

RusHydro officials say electricity generated at Nizhne-Bureyskaya will be provided to a number of gas processing, mining and other industrial consumers, while the project’s dam will help improve flood management within the region.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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