9 The Boguchany Dam To Be Open Soon

The Boguchany Dam To Be Open Soon

Posted on December 2, 2011 by

The Boguchany Dam which is going to be one of the most powerful hydroelectric dams is currently under construction on the Angara River in Kodinsk, Russia. Preparatory works for construction started in 1974. The design was performed by Hydroproject in 1976. Construction of the power station started in 1980 but was suspended in 1994 due to the lack of financing, and resumed just in 2006.

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The hydroelectric dam is called Boguchany because back in 1965 they decided that Boguchany Village was the best dam location, but in 1971  they discovered the city of Kodinsk which was even better. So, the dam site was changed but the name was decided to be preserved.

From far away, you can see that the scope of work is really huge.

Starting-up the Boguchany hydroelectric dam will become a basis for economic development of the region.

The Boguchany hydroelectric dam will power several industrial enterprises, including the Boguchany Aluminium Smelter which is at present under construction too (to be launched in 2013).

In fact, the construction was frozen for 13 years.

The hydroelectric dam consists of a concrete gravity dam (hight: 96 m; length: 828.7 m) and an embarkment dam (hight: 77m; length: 1861.3 m).

On the 1st of May, 2012, they are going to fill the reservoir with water.


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9 Responses to “The Boguchany Dam To Be Open Soon”

  1. ayaa says:

    This is good. There is so much untapped potential in Russia for hydro-electric powerplants.

  2. Mercal says:

    I think Russia always attempts to build something, however they are only experts in military equipment remember Chernobyl that speaks volumes.

    It polluted the air over us as well.

    • ayaa says:

      There are dozens of huge hydroelectric dams all over Russia. Just exactly are they considered as military equipment.

    • Sean says:

      Russia built much more than the entire Europe has, having it in operation. I think it’s fair to say Chernobyl was a statistically inevitable with such degree of industrialization. Soon enough EU will have its Chernobyl. Remember – Russia is one nation that built entire industrial and scientific complex and also builds much outside Russia, EU is many nations having build a little with too high of a cost and terribly slow, with constant help of USA.

  3. Matlok says:

    Very Impressive!

  4. Leningradsky says:

    Any constructors here? Do you know – white helmets are bosses, orange helmets are other stuff, labour.

  5. Vladimir says:

    I lived in Kodinsk. The first hydraulic unit would have been run in 1993. If not for Gorbachev and perestroika hydroelectric power would have worked. And do not think that it is an investment in green energy. Hydroelectric dam built to produce cheap electricity in large quantities for melting aluminum from bauxite.Color differentiation of helmets for workers and bosses do not.

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