20 Jul 2018 14:06

RusHydro to spend 14.6 bln rubles on power facility maintenance in Far East in 2018

KHABAROVSK. July 20 (Interfax) - RusHydro will allocate 14.6 billion rubles to finance maintenance of its power companies in the Far East Federal District in 2018, General Director Nikolai Shulginov said in Khabarovsk on Friday at a meeting chaired by Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

The total is 1.2 billion rubles greater than the spending provided for by tariffs, he said.

The maintenance program pays particular attention to facilities with high degrees of equipment wear.

For example, 1.3 billion rubles will be allocated to the Primorskaya TPP power plant to raise reliability (200 million rubles more than foreseen by the tariffs) and 171 million rubles to Birobijan CHPP (92 million rubles).

Alongside the equipment maintenance, RusHydro is building new grid and generating facilities.

Construction of the approach lines to the 220-kV Maya substation, linking the isolated central electricity district of the Yakutia system with UES Vostok via a connection of PJSC Yakutskenergo to the Federal Grid Company UES electricity grids, will be completed this year. Completion of the project will solve problems concerning the reliability of power supplies to consumers in central Yakutia.

This year will see reconstruction completed for three substations in Magadan region, connecting the Orotukan-Palatka-Tsentralnaya 220-kV transmission line to PJSC Magadanenergo grids, which will substantially improve the reliability of the region's power supplies.

Launch of the Sakhalinskaya TPP with capacity to produce 120 megawatts of electricity and 18.2 Gcal/hr of heat and of the Vostochnaya TPP with 139 MW and 421 Gcal/hr is scheduled this year.

The first stage of the project to gasify the largest power plant in Chukotka, Anadyr CHPP, which was previously fueled exclusively with coal, will be completed at the end of the year.

The third hydropower unit of the Ust-Srednekanskaya HPP on the Kolyma River in Magadan region, one of RusHydro's biggest investment projects, will enter service in Q4 2018. The new unit will boost the HPP's capacity to 310.5 MW.

"Despite the measures undertaken to add new generating capacity, RusHydro notes the need for implementing an extensive program for introducing new replacement capacity in the Far East. RusHydro is drawing up such a program for a total of 1.6 GW and stipulates both construction of new power plants and upgrades to existing facilities. This will make it possible to reverse the trend toward rising levels of equipment wear at power facilities in the Far East, which is currently 70% on average," it said.

In regard to preparations for the winter, the company is paying particular attention to delivering fuel to remote regions and isolated electricity systems, Shulginov said.

The necessary volumes of fuel for the 2018-2019 season are contracted and being delivered in accordance with the schedule. The work is scheduled for completion in November 2018.