Head of RusHydro promises Putin restoration of Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP in 2014
Reconstruction of the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant (HPP) will be completed in 2014. In addition, six turbines have been launched at the Boguchany HPP and all nine will commence operations by the end of the year. Yevgeny Dod, head of RusHydro, declared this at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, according to a statement from the Presidential Press and Information Office that Sib.fm’s correspondent examined on 23 July.
Dod promised Putin that reconstruction of the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP following the 2009 accident, which killed 75 people and almost completely destroyed several turbines, will be finished in 2014. «Just a week ago, we started the sixth hydroelectric unit at the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP. This year we will finish work on the seventh and our main station will be completely rebuilt next year,» said the head of RusHydro.
The company promised to launch another plant, the Boguchany HPP, by the end of 2013. «Six hydroelectric units are operating at the Boguchany HPP and our colleagues have submitted a power distribution scheme. This year we will finish all nine units and a huge station — three thousand megawatts — will start working at full power for the people of Western and Eastern Siberia,» Dod told the President.
Construction of the Boguchany HPP commenced in 1974, although the first turbine was launched only on 15 October 2012. It is the longest construction project in the history of Russian hydroelectric engineering. The HPP’s rated capacity is 3000 megawatts. Part of the electricity will be used by the Boguchany Aluminium Plant.