4 Sep 2018 14:25

First power units of Crimean TPPs to launch in October 2018

MOSCOW. Sept 4 (Interfax) - The first power units of the Simferopol thermal power plant (TPP) and the Sevastopol TPP, which both consist of two power units of 235 MW each, are due to launch in October 2018, an Energy Ministry representative told Interfax.

Technopromexport LLC, the client for the project, has currently ensured the technical and technological preparedness of the first stage of the TPPs under construction.

Start-up and commissioning activities have been carried out, and trials are nearing completion, the ministry representative said. Comprehensive performance testing of the first power unit's equipment is taking place at the Tavricheskaya TPP, after which the same procedure will be carried out at the Balaklavskaya TPP, he said.

Technopormexport LLC, part of the Rostec state corporation, is building two power plants in Crimea: the Simferopol (Tavricheskaya) TPP and the Sevastopol (Balaklavskaya) TPP with capacity of 470 MW each. It was expected that the TPPs' first power units would be launched at the end of May 2018.

In June, the Russian government approved a deadline extension for the launch of the first stages of the two TPPs to September 1, 2018. Earlier, it was expected that the launch of the second stage of the Sevastopol TPP was slated for October 1, 2018, with the Simferopol TPP's second stage due for November 1. The Energy Ministry has not yet said whether the deadlines for the launch of the second stages of the TPPs have been changed.