The Zhigulevskaya Hydroelectric Power Plant (also known as the Volga HPP) located on the Volga river is the second most powerful HPP of the Volga-Kama Cascade. Let’s see ourselves if it’s really that good as it’s usually described.
The construction of the Zhigulevskaya HPP began in 1950 and ended in 1957. The territory of the plant is huge. 7-8 hours aren’t enough to look everything around. The main building (pictured) is 700 m long.
The red line in the picture marks the roof of the main building and the road on the side of the headrace.
From the roof of the building one can see very well all sorts of colorful strips of metal with an electric current flowing through them.
This crane serves for lifting and lowering repair closures. This is necessary in order to be able to block the water when the turbine is being repaired.
The view in the direction of the headrace. In the distance one can see a museum (which is very interesting, by the way), a gantry crane (which lifts and lowers the lattices designed for water filtration) and a distribution system (which delivers electricity to consumers).
The Zhigulevskaya HPP regulates the water flow in the Volga and creates favorable conditions for the irrigation of the large areas of arid lands. The electricity generated by the plant is carried by four high-voltage lines (500 kV each).
Once again, the gantry crane. The lattices which it lifts/lowers collect a whole heap of garbage! After the flood of the water area of the Kuibyshev reservoir, there were so much ragbage and logs in the water, that it was possible to move to the opposite bank on them.
At the very top. 500 kV voltage cables are peacefully swinging above your head. But don’t worry, fire safety at this plant follows the highest standards.
The view of the tailrace. Though the turbulence of water is clearly seen, many reckless heads have drowned here… All of them were fishermen who illegally came here in order to easily catch slightly stunned after the turbine fish.