18 A 100-Year Old Power Plant

A 100-Year Old Power Plant


The Porozhskaya hydroelectric power plant is the oldest functional power plant in Russia. Last year it celebrated a centenary of trouble-free operation and has unique destiny like many other things in our country.


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The place is hardly inhabited today. Only two small villages with 30 people are located nearby. But 100 years ago there was a huge modern metallurgic plant with best specialists working for it.

It was designed by Boris Bakhmetiev, a renowned engineer who graduated from the St Petersburg Railway Institute and went on to become a Professor at the St Petersburg Polytechnic Institute and subsequently at Columbia University. This historical monument named Porogi was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993.

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18 Responses to “A 100-Year Old Power Plant”

  1. John says:

    Nice! Interesting to see the British and German equipment there as well.

  2. People's Commissar says:

    Repost? Or same place different photographer?

  3. Yubin Yankinov says:

    You guys featured this power plant only a few months ago.

  4. testicules says:

    Strangely familiar post

  5. gruntfuttock says:

    i worked with nasty things that went bang all my working life and to see this is much better. I hate to think what happens to electronics if the frequency part is not working. Maybe just lights.

  6. obamafan says:

    So why’s such a big deal? Black people built pyramids thousands years ago…

  7. Musa says:

    Why these photos look so familiar?

  8. dudster says:

    Russian high-tech

  9. Gerhard says:

    Why does it seems that almost every place in Russia is a 100 year-old waste dump? This site seriously depresses me sometimes.

  10. marxistworker says:

    One of the Industrial Revolution’s “Greatest Hits.”

  11. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. Why not show us the new St. Petersburg dam?

  12. EngrishBob says:

    They don’t charge for the use of electricity? If they did maybe they could do some repairs and rely less on government assistance.

  13. Brosencrantz says:

    Birmingham is in England.

  14. Orkus says:

    It’s not Germany… Leobersdorf bei Wien (Vienna)
    The equipment is Made in Austria ;)
    and the crane is from Birmingham (UK)

    Greetings from an Austrian who lives in Scotland

  15. Bob greene says:

    Save it ,a piece of history

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