Russia’s UES to buy 70 hydro turbines through 2011

Russian utility monopoly Unified Energy Systems (UES) says it plans to acquire 70 hydroelectric turbine-generators through 2011 to implement the investment program of its hydro generating subsidiary JSC HydroOGK.

The prediction is part of the utility’s forecast of demand for capital power equipment, based on its investment program through 2011.

�A thoroughly prepared list is, in essence, a consolidated equipment order for power engineering companies and energy equipment suppliers,� a UES statement said February 15. �This means that RAO UES of Russia has confirmed its long-term interest in procuring equipment made by Russian and foreign manufacturers.�

In order to implement the investment program of HydroOGK, UES said it will need 45 hydro turbines with a combined capacity of 5,000 MW, 43 hydro generators, and 18 transformers with a capacity of 3,500 MW.

UES said it also will need 25 hydro turbines totaling 252 MW and 25 hydro generators to modernize small-scale hydroelectric projects.

It said the equipment would be acquired on a competitive basis, including through its B2B-Energo marketplace.

By 2011, the energy companies of UES are to build 34,200 MW of generating capacity of all technologies. The total amount of funding for the investment program will be 3.1 trillion rubles (US$117.7 billion), UES said.

UES said the plan is an increase over the investment program adopted last year due to changes in the electricity consumption growth forecast. Last August, UES said it planned to invest 2.1 trillion rubles (US$79.7 billion) for 20,900 MW of new capacity. (HNN 8/9/06) That plan had included 330 billion rubles (US$12.36 billion) in hydroelectric generating capacity through 2009.

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