The Boguchany Dam which is going to be one of the most powerful hydroelectric dams is currently under construction on the Angara River in Kodinsk, Russia. Preparatory works for construction started in 1974. The design was performed by Hydroproject in 1976. Construction of the power station started in 1980 but was suspended in 1994 due to the lack of financing, and resumed just in 2006.
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The hydroelectric dam is called Boguchany because back in 1965 they decided that Boguchany Village was the best dam location, but in 1971 they discovered the city of Kodinsk which was even better. So, the dam site was changed but the name was decided to be preserved.
From far away, you can see that the scope of work is really huge.
Starting-up the Boguchany hydroelectric dam will become a basis for economic development of the region.
The Boguchany hydroelectric dam will power several industrial enterprises, including the Boguchany Aluminium Smelter which is at present under construction too (to be launched in 2013).
In fact, the construction was frozen for 13 years.
The hydroelectric dam consists of a concrete gravity dam (hight: 96 m; length: 828.7 m) and an embarkment dam (hight: 77m; length: 1861.3 m).
On the 1st of May, 2012, they are going to fill the reservoir with water.
Currently, they are assembling first four hydraulic units.
A temporary tunnel.
Those triangular abutments are a future road foundation.
A machine hall.
They plan to start up first hydraulic units in the second quarter of 2012.
The turbines of the Boguchany hydroelectric dam are the largest and heaviest turbines produced in Russia during the past decade (the diameter of the rotor wheel is 7.86 m).
A new safe switchgear KRUE. It is designed to provide reliable supply and distribution of energy.
KRUE 220 kV.
It is more environmentally safe, light and easy to assemble and service.
The Angara River.
They built a fire department just one kilometer away from the hydroelectric dam.
Apart from the dam, it serves neighbouring villages and enterprises.
Specially for the new fire department, they purchased a whole fleet of new fire-fighting vehicles.