The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

Let’s continue our excursion around the Zhigulevskaya HPP.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

The tremendous energy produced by the plant requires proper “care”. That’s why near every hydroelectric generator there is a substation providing such “care”.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

These are vacuum circuit breakers. Everyone remembers from school that if you place 2 conductors with high voltage close to each other, there will be formed an electric arc between them. The circuit breakers are used to prevent its forming.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

Obsolete equipment is actively reconstructed. These are, for example, old oil switches.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

Some complicated mechanism.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

A very interesting place. A generator is above us. The shaft of a turbine is in front of us. The blades of a wicket gate through which tons of water pass are below.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

A cylinder (every generator has 4 of them) which is responsible for the angle of the blades.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

Hydroelectric generator №17. The drive of the blades is not yet upgraded. That’s why instead of 4 cylinders, 2 huge running on oil are used.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

Here you can pop out of the window and get that thrilling feeling when a huge multi-ton mechanism is rotating above your head.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

This hydroelectric generator is unique.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

It’s the only one at the plant having such a plate. “Leningrad Metal Plant Named After Stalin”. The surname of Stalin wasn’t rubbed out.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

The engine hall.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

The view from the crane.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

To feel the scope of all this, let us note that the thickness of the wall on the right is 4 meters.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

White vertical cylinders contain oil under pressure.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

All equipment is quite impressive by its size.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

“The 6th floor. 41.30 m”. Each floor has its own mark. The water level on the side of the headrace is 54 m.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

While constructing, much space was left empty in order not to waste a lot of concrete.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

It’s very dry and cosy there.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

At the end of 2009 the media informed of some accident which happened at the Zhigulevskaya HPP. People, due to lack of details, became really concerned… It turned out that the reason of the accident was drainage pumps intended for pumping out water leaks which got broken.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

Such pumps are able to pump out 7 bathtubs in a second.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

This is a dry gallery needed for monitoring the state of inner parts.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

The museum of the HPP. Behind the suit you can see a special device for delivering oxygen.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

A small model of the plant.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

Highly qualified specialists monitor the state of the plant round the clock.

The Zhigulevskaya HPP. Part 2

And finally, the gantry crane which we spoke a lot of in the previous post about the Zhigulevskaya HPP.

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      • Yeah. Its not Putin or Medvedev that walked out of the Kyoto Protocol, is it. It’s our good friend Bush.
        And yeah, my hometown of Borisoglebsk, is no Moscow or Petersburg, but all heavy industries are located well out of the city center and residential districts. So none has to worry about pollution. And there are more than enough trees all around. And trees are the best fighters of pollution, aren’t they?

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