26 The Station: Repairworks

The Station: Repairworks

Posted on September 3, 2009 by

Russian station

Remember, that station that got accident on it a few weeks ago? We had it here.

They still can’t understand what has happened. “It’s not watter-hammer effect, as we thought before”, say officials, “but still it is unclear what has happened.”

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26 Responses to “The Station: Repairworks”

  1. russia in dark says:


  2. thumper says:

    thank god it’s just hydro and didn’t involve a nuclear plant =(

  3. CB says:

    Someone lost a spanner in the alternator.

  4. Mizz... (A) says:

    I don´t knew if this is the real truth, but this is what i vé heard about it so far:

    “”According to the former director of Irkutskenergo, Viktor Bobrovski, the accident could have been caused by an incorrect start-up process of the turbine which resulted in an hydraulic pressure surge, or the excess load of the turbine caused by the peak consumption of electricity. According to Bobrovski, it is common practice in the region to compensate for peak load by overloading hydroelectric power plants, and the energy system of the region is near collapse, as the main goal of its owners is to take out as much profit as possible cutting down on maintenance, investment, safety, and educational costs. Since the load for other turbines ceased after the collapse of the turbine № 2, they probably started to spin without load at increasing speed until they smashed. He said that former director of Sayano–Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station Valentin Bryzgalov had alerted that it is dangerous to operate the plant at its maximum loads when the turbines are starting to vibrate in the axial direction. He said that the accident probably would not have had such catastrophic results if the safety systems had worked and the safety rules had been followed. According to Rostekhnadzor, the automatic shutdown system of the water intake pipes’ gates failed after failure of the turbine № 2.”

    • Gerry says:

      It’s almost what we had discussed in previous post about load cut-off and safety systems malfunction. I now see that damage is even worse, will be needed years for reconstruction and looks to me that whole plant must be shut down till then. And who will pay for it, the russian state that has no money to repair schools, private investors who don’t give a cent unless they can have serious turnover in just a year or insurance companies (i doubt if this plant was insured for such big damage).
      And the big question, where Russia will find enough and cheap electricity, this plant was damned big, could power a small country by itself. Winter is coming and lot of people will need light and heating…

  5. parasite says:

    don’t drink and produce electricity

  6. Para bellum says:

    Опять заокеанские мегаэксперты получившие знаменитое амриканское образование судят о том в чем нихера не понимают. Современной России после рыночных реформ очень далеко до советского уровня проектирования и строительства. Тот факт что рушится построенное тогда говорит о падении качества образования и уровня ответствености.

  7. cossack in america says:

    No problem, the damage is minor. It should buff right out.

    • oupire says:

      U wrong. Damage is devastating, to rebuild this station u need another dam up the current. 5 years of work and billons of dollars.

  8. George Bush says:

    I blame Al-Qaeda !

  9. Oraga says:

    OK,I admit it was me,I flush the toilet ,twice.

  10. cossack in america says:

    Okay, without sarcasm…
    Clearly, it is the work of the United States CIA. Russia should look closely at workers that had access.

  11. Akton says:

    It was not an terrorist attack, only lack of maintance.
    Private owners milk companies for money. Even heard about a nuclear plant where the workers haven’t been paid for 4 months.

    Works like an carousel:A well run safety oriented taken over by an profit interested.When its been drained dry the profit hungry leaves because nothing is left,the its taken over by a safety oriented..etc.

    Lots of companies are run this way in the Former SU,till they literally fall apart.

    Phew what an long text :)

  12. Kirov says:

    You know it does. Medvedev himself stated this.

    • enthalpy says:

      Medvedev told me to tell you to get some valedol for yourself, he is coming to help you get better

  13. I Like a You says:

    Next time I will not be flush toilet so hard! I will make #2 else wheres.

  14. jcp says:

    This is very sad. It is such a waste that so much damage can not be blamed on Georgians or Ukrainians. Putin must be sleeping if he can not turn this into excuse to invade another country.

  15. UnderM says:

    You all wrong, who thinking CIA and Al-Quaieeda. Really it’s work Georgian terrorists, and Russia will for punishing bomb their citys and kill so many innocent peoples as possible.

  16. Hm, I wonder why so many people seem to think that’s the point?

  17. Thank You for that article ! Keep It Up sharing stuff like that

  18. petrohof says:

    it has been clearly documented that #2 had serious vibration issues for many years. that would almost certainly mean out of balance. that much mass out of balance would eventually fail, and at operating speed or overspeed, would release huge amount of energy as in pictures. failure and responsibility should rest with operating engineer and those who most likely forced him to use #2. #2 should have not have been used been repaired.

  19. Rascallyraven says:

    …. why do so many ignorant, asinine @#$%s gravitate to this site when disasters occur ……. do they think their comments add to the discussion … kinda like my country’s South …… Crap ..(personal opinion)

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