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Russia’s Big Hydro Power Plant in Kolyma

Posted on October 9, 2015 by tim


Russian blogger Sergei has continued his journey through distant Siberian lands, home for gold diggers for over a century. Now he has visited the Kolyma hydroelectric power plant. It supplies over 95% of all electric power to the Magadan gold industry. It was conceived in 1970, but because the then USSR collapsed and had problems with financing projects like this, it was finished only in 1994. Inside Sergei visits the station itself, gets to the dam, gets inside the plant, etc.

A historic photo of the power plant at its beginning meets anyone who enters.

This plant is interesting because all of its electricity generating machines are stationed deep underground.

This is Kolyma river, which supplies water for the dam.

Inside the main control room.

Here they monitor all of the generators.

And the generators themselves, as was said, are deep inside the ground in special huge halls.

Because it’s all below sea level and also because of permafrost, the water is constantly dripping from the ceilings.


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One Response to “Russia’s Big Hydro Power Plant in Kolyma”

  1. Leandro Piva says:

    Excellent pictures. Thanks, Sergei.

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