Year 1908… There isn’t yet a hint of the First World War and the followed it revolution. The economy of the Russian Empire is rising. The metallurgical plant in neighboring Satka city has already been working for 150 years and the Uralian part of the Trans-Siberian Railway has already been finished. In such favorable conditions, the aristocratic family of Mordvinovs decides to build a unique for those times enterprise – a power station and a plant in one bunch.
The Porozhskaya HPP was constructed in a convenient gorge, at the estuary of the Bolshaya Satka River. All buildings are made from local mountain stone which you can see in the picture on the opposite side of the river.
Imported bricks were only used in joints and window and door openings. It is convenient and extremely beautiful. This is, for example, the house of a mining engineer.
The power station and the plant were built parallel to each other. Three hydropower units, modern French electric arc furnaces… At that time, the construction of the HPP located somewhere in the Uralian backwoods was the peak of engineering.
The entrance to the power station is on the right. The access is free. Let’s enter it and see what has remained intact.
The dispatch shop (right), the remains of cart rails, the guides of a telpher. It’s clear that the historic building is literally falling apart.
The first room leads to the engine hall.
The interior of the engine hall is like that of any metal workshop of a Soviet factory.
This is the basic unit. It didn’t avoid “innovations”. The original structure of the turbine has been changed. The original flywheel – replaced with a pulley.
The second unit is smaller. In the background, you can see the closet of a keeper.
Both units are quite noisy.
The nameplate of the producer.
The keeper. It’s much quieter inside his room as it’s provided with double glazed windows.