31 Jul 2023 15:17

Ukrhydroenergo plans to bring Dnieper HPP to full capacity for heating season

MOSCOW. July 31 (Interfax) - PJSC Ukrhydroenergo, Ukraine's hydropower company, is working on design solutions that will make it possible to bring the Dnieper Hydropower Plant (HPP) to its full capacity in time for the start of the heating season in the country.

"Ukrhydroenergo together with a design center continues to develop relevant design solutions that would allow the HPP to operate at its full capacity during the fall-winter period," Ukrainian media quoted the company as saying in a statement on Monday.

The average level of the tail-water at the Dnieper HPP dam is currently 11.91 meters, which is not enough for the facility's full-fledged operations, the company said.

"The optimal water level for the full-fledged functioning of the Dnieper Hydropower Plant should be at least 12-12.5 meters," Ukrhydroenergo said.

Efforts are continuing at Ukrhydroenergo's hydropower plants and pumped storage plants to restore their lost capacity, routine repairs are also in progress, and active preparations are being made for the 2023-2024 fall-winter season, it said.

The installed capacity of the Dnieper HPP is 1,578.6 MW, which is equal to 25.4% of Ukrhydroenergo's overall capacity of 6,208.3 MW. The Dnieper HPP annually produces 4 billion KWh of electricity on average.