Zhigulyovskaya Hydropower Plant is located on the Volga River, near Zhigulyovsk and Tolyatti in the Samara Region, Russia.
In 2010, after over 50 years of service, they entered into an agreement to replace 14 of the 20 hydraulic units of the power plant by 2016. Disassembling and installation works are going to be done by machines, as well as further service of the new hydraulic units installed.
Right now, they are about to lift their first hydraulic unit.
Load-carrying capacity of this 4.9 ton machine is 450 tons. The turbine’s weight is 426 tons.
With a slight movement of her hand, this lady moves these gigantic pieces of metal.
They use special equipment to deal with solid ‘Stalin-era’ concrete.
During the 56 years of service, these hydraulic usits have been partially modernized a few times and it is the first time when they replace them with new ones.
The rotor wheel is moved to an assembly pad.
According to the cheif engineer of the power plant, they plan to put the first new hydraulic unit into operation by October, 2012. They also plan to replace one more hydraulic unit this year, while in 2014 and 2015 they are going to replace 3 to 4 hydraulic units simultaneously.