6 Energy Born In Kazakhstan

Energy Born In Kazakhstan

Posted on January 24, 2011 by team


The building of the first objects of the Ekibastuz GRES -1 began in 1974. In 1984 it became one of the biggest thermal electric power stations in the USSR. And nowadays it is the world’s biggest power station working on the solid fuel.

The GRES-1 is situated in Kazakhstan, on the shore of one of its lakes. It consists of 8 power units – the first one was activated in 1980 and the last one – in 1984.

Old but still working shield. Soon it’ll be replaced by the new one.

Today all the readout is provided by the computers but in those times kilometers of paper band were used for this purpose.

A substation is on the territory of the GRES-1. Its main task is to distribute the electric power produced by the station.

Modern white clock doesn’t fit in here.

One of the old graphic panels.

Working shift.

The first and second units aren’t in use now. After the breakdown of the USSR the energy consumption decreased but they are going to be activated again by 2017.

Fire extinguisher systems all over the building.

Kilometers of pipes and steam pipes.

Those units that don’t work at the moment.

A huge workshop of 500 m in length.

In 2005 an automatic process control system was introduced here. The whole information about all the power units is on its monitors.

New remote controls are much more informative, safe and comfortable to use.

Shift on duty.

Some containers.

More pipes!

Fire extinguisher system.

Several dozens of guessometers.

Unit 7 at work.

Steam boilers of 40 m height. An elevator near every boiler.

The top of the boiler. Try to find a man in the corner of the workshop.

Dozens of kilometers of pipes.

Some equipment under the boiler.

The flue of the 8th boiler.

The height is 330 m, diameter of the lower part – more than 30 m.

Soon electrofilters of the new generation will be installed here and that will greatly lower the pollutant emissions.

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6 Responses to “Energy Born In Kazakhstan”

  1. OLUT says:

    I love those big, old retro-looking machines that are still used.

  2. Zack says:

    I’m guessing that this runs on coal. Does Kazakhstan have coal or does it need to be imported?

  3. required says:

    The biggest in the world.. ..but no mention how big (how many MegaWatts!)

    • ahm says:

      you mean potential energy? It is megaWatt/hour

      mW is a measure of effect. mW/h is a measure of effect over time, i.e. energy.

  4. Bogdanov says:

    Fantastic. Power! (to the people) ;-)

  5. Zach says:

    @zack- the mine where the coal comes from is about 2-3 miles away. It will provide the country roughy 60-ish% of it’s power for the next 100 years. Google earth ekibastuz, you can’t miss that mine and satellite pics don’t do it justice, it reminded me of the grand canyon!

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