100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

Year 1908… There isn’t yet a hint of the First World War and the followed it revolution. The economy of the Russian Empire is rising. The metallurgical plant in neighboring Satka city has already been working for 150 years and the Uralian part of the Trans-Siberian Railway has already been finished. In such favorable conditions, the aristocratic family of Mordvinovs decides to build a unique for those times enterprise – a power station and a plant in one bunch.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The Porozhskaya HPP was constructed in a convenient gorge, at the estuary of the Bolshaya Satka River. All buildings are made from local mountain stone which you can see in the picture on the opposite side of the river.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

Imported bricks were only used in joints and window and door openings. It is convenient and extremely beautiful. This is, for example, the house of a mining engineer.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The power station and the plant were built parallel to each other. Three hydropower units, modern French electric arc furnaces… At that time, the construction of the HPP located somewhere in the Uralian backwoods was the peak of engineering.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The entrance to the power station is on the right. The access is free. Let’s enter it and see what has remained intact.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The dispatch shop (right), the remains of cart rails, the guides of a telpher. It’s clear that the historic building is literally falling apart.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The first room leads to the engine hall.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The interior of the engine hall is like that of any metal workshop of a Soviet factory.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

This is the basic unit. It didn’t avoid “innovations”. The original structure of the turbine has been changed. The original flywheel – replaced with a pulley.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The second unit is smaller. In the background, you can see the closet of a keeper.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

Both units are quite noisy.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The nameplate of the producer.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The keeper. It’s much quieter inside his room as it’s provided with double glazed windows.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The main unit from another side.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

Even now this old thing produces half a megawatt. For a simple comparison: an ordinary auto service with two large workshops for 5 cars each needs 8-10 kilowatts. It means that it can power about 50 services! As for the time when the HPP was in operation, it produced 1.3 MW. That was enough not only for the plant but also two neighboring villages.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

In winter, the engine room was heated by a cast-iron stove.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The electronic equipment of the plant was updated during the Soviet time.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The water supply.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The foam signs in the middle of the building are the spillway of the units.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The general view of the dam.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

One more view of the spillway.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The overall interior of the plant. Another unit on the left has the nameplate of the different producer.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The joint production of the USSR and Austria.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The keeper of the plant.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

This is what we have under the main unit.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

Many believe that the dam is in quite a poor condition now and may not survive a serious flood. Besides, judging by the condition of the basement, it becomes clear that in some 10 years or so the station may be lost forever.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The walls of the ferroalloy plant.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The dispatch shop of the plant.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The lifters of the spillway.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The more detailed picture.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The transmission line. It’s certainly not 100 years old but it transfers all the energy produced by the HPP to the local hotel and several villages.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

The main shop of the ferroalloy plan with two furnace pipes on the roof.

100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant

That is the very same hotel. Three floors, a couple of dozen rooms, all amenities, a restaurant, a sauna, even a small swimming pool.

Lately, for the development of the hotel business the dam was deprived of the status of the historical and cultural monument of regional importance, but its final legal status has not yet been determined.

On the one hand, the production was stopped in 2000 and since then the building has been falling into decay. On the other hand, it’s the only source of energy for the neighboring villages and hotel. The latter will simply die without light and clients. Even if all the money of the hotel are put in the restoration of the HPP, that won’t be enough for sure…

Location: Porozhskaya HPP, Chelyabinsk Region

via leprosorium.ru

16 thoughts on “100 Year Old Hydro Power Plant”

  1. The turbines are german.
    Sign says Briegler & Hansen Gotha (city in Thuringia)
    D.R. Patent means german imperial patent

  2. 103 years old and it’s just now being allowed to deteriorate. Shameful. If Putin and his corporatist gangster cronies would stop pillaging the country to fatten their Swiss bank accounts, Russia would be a fantastic country. Even the Soviet mobster bandit-kings didn’t let things like hydroelectric plants crumble this way.

  3. I admit, I have not been on this website in a long time, however it was joy to find it again. It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals! I cheers for helping to make people more aware of these issues. Just great stuff as per usual!Enjoy the remaining portion of the year. Your conducting a fabulous job.

  4. Some comrades should understand that history preservation brings money to the locals. I hope that this site can be preserved.

  5. I belive this is one of the very few hydroplants in the world at that time. Glory to russian engineering.It should be restored to original beauty.Does Mr Putin knows about it? Inform him!

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