Turbine size requires sea delivery to Russia’s 3,000-MW Boguchanskaya

Equipment supplier JSC Power Machines of Russia has launched a giant hydropower turbine on a month-long voyage by river and sea to the 3,000-MW Boguchanskaya hydroelectric project being built on Russia’s Angara River.

Under separate contracts, Power Machines is supplying nine 333-MW turbines and nine generators to Boguchanskaya, the largest power facility currently under construction in Russia, by OJS RusHydro, the former HydroOGK. (HNN 9/10/07)

Power Machines said turbine No. 1, the largest turbine manufactured in Russia in recent decades, is 7.86 meters in diameter with a weight of 155.6 tons. It said the only possible delivery method was by water, through Ladoga and Onega lakes, the White Sea-Baltic channel to the White Sea, and the Northern Sea Route of Yenisei to Krasnoyarsk. From there, the unit is being reloaded onto a river vessel for shipment to the plant site on the Angara in Siberia.

Power Machines is to deliver and install equipment for the plant through 2012. Currently it is preparing the second turbine for shipment and is building the first generator. The turbine and generator contracts are valued at 3 billion rubles (US$117.3 million) each.

RusHydro is developing Boguchanskaya as part of a joint venture with Russian metals producer United Company RUSAL that includes construction of the Boguchany Energy and Metals Complex, a 600,000-ton-per-year smelter, and a 732,000-ton-per-year timber processing complex. (HNN 9/13/07)

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