7 The Modern Russian Hydroplant

The Modern Russian Hydroplant

Posted on September 27, 2012 by team

We are about to visit the largest hydro power plant in the Russian Far East and one of the most modern power plants in Russia. It is also one of the nodal power plants of the Far Eastern power supply system.

The concrete gravity dam which is 140 m (459 ft) high is the highest dam of such type in Russia.

The power of the plant is 2010 MW. It’s one of the ten largest hydro power plants in Russia. Its construction is not finished yet but it already operates at full capacity. The plant’s counter-regulator, Lower Bureiskaya hydroplant with the power of 320MW will be built soon as well. It is a part of the whole Bureiskaya technological complex.

The spillway of the plant is made in such a way that water streams collide and mutually dampen their energy.

Here are the waterways of the hydroplant.

This is the gantry crane at the crest of the dam.

The spillway of the dam is huge.

Let’s observe the hydroplant from the left bank.

The bottom spillways were concreted because they became unnecessary. They had been used for water intake during the construction of the power plant.

Coastal fortifications are being constructed.

Now we are going to see the main building from inside.

It’s the turbine hall with six hydraulic units.


One hydraulic unit like this has a power of 335 MW. Just for comparison: the power of the whole Novosibirsk hydroplant is 455 MW.

This is a cathead.

This is the place between the generator and the turbine.

The chamber has a spiral shape.

That’s how the radial-axial turbine looks like.

Work at the control panel is in full swing.

The transformators impress with their size.

It’s one of the most interesting places of the hydroplant – the gas-insulated switchgear for 500 KW).

If one inhales sulfur hexafluoride his / her voice becomes rough (the result is opposite to the effect of helium).

Here you see the corridors inside the dam.

They use 500 kW power cables covered with cross-linked polyethylene produced by ABB «Energiekabel» (such cables are used in Russia for the first time and for the second time in the world).

The hydroplant looks beautiful at night.

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7 Responses to “The Modern Russian Hydroplant”

  1. mau says:

    thats amazing…i just have a question though, “is this a god dam?”

  2. Bluenose says:

    I visited the Boulder dam in America many years ago. This reminds me of that place in many ways. Most especially on the inside. You would expect that since they both have the same function, of course. The huge and ornate entry hall of both places are pretty and seem to have no other purpose than to say, “mighty are the works of man!”

  3. Osip says:

    I want to know how they remove the excavator.

  4. Nobody says:

    I bet this hydroplant is much better than communism.

    • (r)evolutionist says:

      The early U.S.S.R. was self-sufficient in energy thanks to the progressive, visionary policies of V. Lenin. GOELRO was a magnificent testimony to socialism.

  5. Uh says:

    The sad side is that those natural Russian rivers are destroyed, it strongly inflicts the nature. Uh..

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