17 Aug 2009 13:21

Krasnoyarsk GRES brought to maximum capacity following accident at Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP

MOSCOW. Aug 17 (Interfax) - Krasnoyarsk GRES-2 is being brought to maximum capacity following the accident at the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP), OGK-6 said.

The genco said that it had been instructed by the Krasnoyarsk regional dispatch division to bring GRES-2 to maximum capacity as soon as possible.

At present, Krasnoyarsk GRES' is operating at a capacity of 210 megawatts. After the initiation of reserve machinery, the capacity will come to over 1,000 megawatts. The term for maximum capacity operation will be set after a full assessment of the situation at the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP.

At OGK-6, an operational team has been formed to coordinate the increase in Krasnoyarsk GRES-2's capacity, which will also oversee the provision of fuel for power production.

The accident at Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP took place on Monday morning, when part of the dam imploded, which resulted in the destruction of two sluices and three hydraulic units, as well as the collapse of a turbine room roof. Operations at Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP, which has a generating capacity of 6.72 gigawatts, have been suspended.

OGK-6 includes the Kirishi State District Power Plant (GRES), Novocherkassk GRES, Ryazan GRES, Cherepovets GRES, and the Krasnoyarsk-2 and Krasnoyarsk-24 GRES, with installed capacity of 9,000 megawatts.