Russia’s HydroOGK to seek rehab of 10,000-MW Volga-Kama

Russian hydropower company HydroOGK plans to seek proposals for rehabilitation of the 10,000-MW Volga-Kama hydropower cascade.

HydroOGK, owned by electricity monopoly Unified Energy Systems, announced in July it secured a 6.3 billion ruble (US$233.5 million) loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. (HNN 7/31/06) The company said the loan would be used to upgrade the Volga-Kama cascade in a 10.9 billion ruble (US$403 million) program set for completion by 2020.

HydroOGK plans to pre-qualify bidders for work to:
o Rehabilitate turbines and generators;
o Supply and install high-voltage transformers and substation equipment; and
o Supply control systems.

Installed capacity at the Volga-Kama plants would increase by 600 MW on completion of the modernization program.

Procurement of the various components is to be carried out under separate contracts. Pre-qualification is to be carried out under EBRD guidelines.

For information, contact Timohin Alexey, Head, Department for Maintenance, Refurbishment, and Reconstruction Realization, HydroOGK, (7) 495-5403012; Fax: (7) 495-5403014; E-mail: timohinas@gidroogk.ru.

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