Unit No. 1 back on line at Tajikistan’s 670-MW Sangtuda 1

Generating unit No. 1 at Tajikistan’s Sangtuda 1 hydropower project is back in service following major repairs, operator OJSC Sangtudinskaya GES-1 has reported.

Located on the Vakhsh River, the 670 MW hydroelectric plant houses four turbines. Unit No. 1 was taken off line this past April for what the company called “major repairs”.

HydroWorld.com reported in November 2011 that several Russian companies — including Power Machines, Chekhovsky Zavod Gidrostal, ChirkeiGESstroy, Zarubezhvodstroy, Zagranenergostroymontazh, and Hydromontazh Trust — were acting as contractors and equipment suppliers for Sangtuda 1. The plant’s first unit was put into service in January of that year.

Construction of the project began in the late 1980s, though a civil war suspended development in the early 1990s. A partnership between Tajikistan and Russia eventually led to the creation of OJSC Sangtudinskaya GES-1, which resumed construction of the plant in 2005.

Russia owns 75% minus one share of the open joint stock company, while Tajikistan controls the remainder.

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