Hydroelectric Plants in Russia -
Far Eastern Federal District

Bureyskaya
Location: Amur - Far Eastern
Operator: RusHydro
Configuration: 6 X 335 MW Francis
Operation: 2003-2007
T/G supplier: LMZ, Electrosila
EPC: Lenhydroproject, Bureyagesstroy
Quick facts: This multiuse project is a lead development scheme for Russia’s Far East. It is designed to reduce regional fossil fuel consumption, allow for power exports to China, and reduce flooding on the Bureya and Amur rivers. Bureyskaya HPS was approved in 1982 and construction began the following year. The first unit was put online in Jul 2003 by President Vladimir Putin and senior representatives from RAO UES. The concrete gravity dam is 719m long and 140m high. A unique design feature is the fact that all the main assembly and testing on the electromechanical equipment has been done at the remote site. The hydrogenerators are the largest air cooled machines in Russia and the CIS countries.

Photograph courtesy of RusHydro
Re-posted 31 Jul 2013

Kolyma
Location: Magadan - Far Eastern
Operator: RusHydro
Configuration: 4 X 180 MW Deriaz, 1 X 180 MW Francis
Operation: 1981-1996
T/G supplier: LMZ, Elsib
EPC: Lenhydroproject
Quick facts: The Kolyma HPP is on the Kolyma River 40km upstream from Debin Village and 450km from Magadan City. The rockfill dam is 130m tall with a crest length of 755m. In 1999, a 710km line from Magadan to Ust-Omchug was completed allowing power from the Kolyma to replace output from the Magadan CHP plant. Another large customer for the plant output is the Omchak gold mine. The plant is formally named after after the first chief of the station construction Yuri Veksler Frishte. The average annual temperature in this area above 60 degrees north latitude is -12 ° C, and in January, temperatures can reach -62 ° C.

Photograph courtesy of RusHydro
Re-posted 31 Jul 2013

Tolmachev-1
Location: Kamchatka - Far Eastern
Operator: Kamchatskenergo
Configuration: 2 X 1.1 MW Propeller
Operation: 1999
T/G supplier: Uralhydromash, UETM
EPC: Lenhydroproject
Quick facts: Kamchatskenergo is an isolated power system under the management of JSC RAO Energy System of East. There are three plants in the Tolmachev cascade in the western part of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The cascade was first approved in Mar 1996 and construction stared in 1997.

Photograph courtesy of Kamchatskenergo
Posted 10 Apr 2011

Tolmachev-2
Location: Kamchatka - Far Eastern
Operator: Kamchatskenergo
Configuration: 2 X 12.4 MW Francis
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: Uralhydromash, Electrosila
EPC: Lenhydroproject, DNEPR-SGEM
Quick facts: Commissioning at Tolmachev-2 began in Oct 2010 and the plant was put into operation on 1 Dec 2010, the largest of three plants in the Tolmachev cascade. The project was delayed for some time after financing ran out in 2001.

Photograph courtesy of Kamchatskenergo
Posted 10 Apr 2011

Tolmachev-3
Location: Kamchatka - Far Eastern
Operator: Kamchatskenergo
Configuration: 2 X 11.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2000-2001
T/G supplier: Uralhydromash, UETM
EPC: Lenhydroproject

Photograph courtesy of Kamchatskenergo
Posted 10 Apr 2011

Ust-Srednekanskaya
Location: Magadan - Far Eastern
Operator: RusHydro
Configuration: 4 X 142.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2013-2018
T/G supplier: LMZ, Elsib
EPC: Lenhydroproject
Quick facts: This HPP the second-stage project on the Kolyma River. The site is 9km from the mouth of the Srednekan River, a tributary of the Kolyma River. Project construction started in 1991 and the first two units completed in Oct 2013. The full project is to complete in 2018. The plant connects to the local 220kV grid.

Photograph courtesy of RusHydro
Posted 12 Jun 2013

Vilyusk
Location: Sakha Republic
Operator: Alrosa Company Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 77 MW Kaplan, 4 X 85 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1968-1978
T/G supplier: Kharkov, Elsib
EPC: Lenhydroproject
Quick facts: This is the largest hydroelectric complex in the Yakutia region and is used to power Alrosa diamond mining operations and the local grid.

Photograph courtesy of RAO UES
Posted 8 Jul 2007

Vilyusk-3
Location: Sakha Republic
Operator: JSC Viluiskaya HPP-3
Configuration: 3 X 90 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2004-2008
T/G supplier: Kharkov, Elsib
EPC: Lenhydroproject, Vilyuygesstroy
Quick facts: Preliminaty construction at Vilyusk-3 began in Nov 1979. The project was fully approved in 1984 and first concrete was in Oct 1986. The operating company was registered in May 1999 and Alrosa acquired a 60% in 2000. Unit-1 electromechanical installtion began in May 2001 and it went commercial on 8 Sep 2004. Provision has been made for a fourth set.

Photograph courtesy of JSC Viluiskaya HPP-3
Posted 8 Jul 2007

Zeya
Location: Amur - Far Eastern
Operator: RusHydro
Configuration: 4 X 225 MW, 2 X 215 MW Deriaz
Operation: 1975-1980
T/G supplier: LMZ, Electrosila
EPC: Lenhydroproject, Bureyagesstroy
Quick facts: This was the first large-scale hydro station in Pacific Russia and is an area with annual temperature ranges of up to 80C. The plant has adjustable-blade diagonal-flow turbines that were the largest in the world at completion. This design allows for operation at low water storage levels. The 714m long, 98m high hollow concrete buttress dam uses cavitation-durable concrete with coarse-gravel filling, also a first.

Photograph courtesy of Zeya GES
Posted 21 May 2005

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 09-Apr-2014

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