Not many people visit a small village Porogi located in the Chelyabinsk region. The place is considered very boring and an old local dam is not of a great interest to anyone. Meanwhile, the hydro-electric power plant has just celebrated its 101 anniversary and will be described in the post below.
A new hydro-electric power station was launched in 1910 next to a huge metallurgic factory built several years before that.
The huge enterprise closed 15 years ago.
Some tourists with children come to the place from the adjacent villages just to look at the beautiful waterfall.
It is not allowed to enter the dam as it is in a critical condition and can be destroyed any time.
But when a water level rises the guard goes to open the valves. That’s when it becomes possible to enter the closed territory and take pictures of the station.
The Porozhskaya hydroelectric power plant was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The dam is in a bad condition and requires repairs.
The nearby river also needs to be cleaned.
The power station supplies the small hotel, Porogi village and the adjacent settlement with electricity. It could definitely handle a greater region if the equipment could be changed and repairs were carried out. The station could have been closed long time ago. It was saved due to enthusiasm of of a former chief engineer of the factory. When he retired and opened a hotel of his own he started to take care of the place as it was abandoned by everyone else.
Let’s go inside and look at the machines that are 100 years old.
There are three turbines. One of them can supply the adjacent territory with necessary energy.
The power station is controlled manually by one guard.
The tubes have never been changed since the moment of their installation.
In spite of all difficulties the place is still functioning.