Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The Ekibastuz GRES-1 is the 4,000 MW coal-fired thermal power station (GRES) located near Ekibastusz, Kazakhstan. Its construction began in 1974. This station is the biggest in Kazakhstan: according to the project it consists of 8 power units and 330-meters chimneys. But in fact the first chimney is only 300 metres because of its curvature.
Formerly small pieces of ashes escaped from chimneys and fell on workers. When is was raining these pieces might burn clothes and leave burns on the skin.

The nearest sheep farm closed because all sheep ground off teeth and died. Spacemen told that the smoke extended for 700 km. Real electric cleaners started working only in 1998-1990. During the USSR times these chimneys were used by regiments of the bomber aviation.
The 1st, 2nd and the 8th energetic units were not working, because plundered for details by previous owners. That is why the plant was given to the state.

Near the GRES-1 is the GRES-2 with generators made in the Leningrad metal factory. Soon the GRES-3 and GRES-4 will appear in the Pavlodar region and in Ulken respectively. The new stations are expected to be absolutely different from the first ones.

The first power unit was launched on the 12 of April, 1980, the last-in1984. And right after this event in 1984 the station became one of the biggest in the USSR territory. Nowadays the Ekibastuz GRES-1 owners are the serious Kazakhstan companies. The GRES is also the big coal station with the 2500 WT power. 5 units work now and 8more are planned to be launched by 2017.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

An old but still working panel. Soon it should be replaced.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Before computer technologies.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The control panel.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The mimic panel.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The first and the second units are temporarily not working. But now with the fast development of Kazakh industry the necessities of electricity grow and they are planned to be resumed.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Means of firefighting.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The length of this hall is about 500 metres.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

In 2005 the station endured a great modernisation.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

New consoles are informative, safe and handy.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

On duty.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Tanks.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The firefighting system.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Unit №5.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Some tubes have manometers, some – sensors.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Unit №7.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Steam boilers.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The chimney.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

In 2008 the GRES-1 signed the contract about installing of modern electrostatic filters with 99,6% effectiveness.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Now move to the neighbouring GRES-2 station. Here is the biggest chimney in the world.

The construction of the GRES-2 started in 1979, 8 units were in project, but only two were really constructed. The station outputs the electricity from high-ash coal. Its two power units produce 13 % of all the country electric energy.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The 420-metre chimney makes the emission of smoke gases. It was put in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest in the world.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The chimneys of the GRES-1.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

This must be another chimney, but construction stopped and only a stub has left.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Walls are rather thin and have no any cables.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Imagine how cold the very top of the chimney is.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

The ladder. On the right side you can see piloting rails for a lift that was not ever constructed.

Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations

Its diameter in the foundation is 44 metres.

Location:GRES-1

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10 thoughts on “Industrial Kazakhstan And Its Power Stations”

  1. What is the purpose of such tall chimney, we have some tall chimneys of thermoelectric plants but the tallest is no more than 150 meters…

    • The taller the chimney the better. If it were possible to build a chimney ten thousand feet high they would do it,that way the smoke will go into the stratosphere.Buy the time the particles fall back to earth they would land ten thousand miles away.That way they can not be blamed and the locals get green grass.

  2. I was going to say, that’s one tall chimney. Then I read the part about it being in the Guinness Book Of World Records.

    Can you please elaborate more about the sheep grounding off their teeth and dying? Was it because they were burnt by the flying ashes or they were eating them, what exactly was the reason they were doing that?

  3. he means the sheep are eating pieces of coal dust and that’s what wears down the teeth, There is not much taste to the coal so they cant tell or there is so much that it mixes with the grass.

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