22 Jul 2010 21:04

Baksan HPP reconstruction will take two years

GORKI. July 22 (Interfax) - Preparations are under way for "an overall reconstruction of the [Baksan Hydropower] plant" where experts are inspecting the remaining equipment after the plant was damaged as a result of a recent terrorist attack, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said.

"This will not be a repaired plant, but in fact a new one. This work will take up to eighteen months or two years," Sechin told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Over the next two weeks the republic's power distribution system will be supplied with needed electricity, he also said.

After the terrorist attack, "the plant personnel acted in an extremely organized manner," Sechin said. "Tribute should be paid to ordinary staff members whose actions prevented further demolition of the plant," he said.

Electricity companies' executives will stay on site "until all inspection work is completed at the plant and until transmission lines supplying power from other regions are repaired," the deputy prime minister also said.