The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The history of the Cheboksary HPP started in 1931. They wanted to make the deep draft water route to unite the Caspian, Baltic, White and Black Seas. It was planned to make ten waterworks along the whole way. Only three of them were finished before the war. The Cheboksary HPP had to become one of them. The design task was coordinated on the 22 of January, 1967, this day is considered to be the day when the HPP construction was started.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

In 1968 they started preparations for building the hydraulic complex.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

They processed more than 70 million of m3 of soil (43 500 square miles).

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The banner says “The first cubic meter of concrete for the building of the HPP is our present to the XXVth Congress of the CPSU.”

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

2,5 million of cubic meters of concrete lay under the basement of the HPP.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The banner says: “The 1000000th cubic meter of concrete is our present to the 61st anniversary of the October revolution”.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

“Decisions of the XXVIth Congress of the CPSU are to be brought to life!”

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

This is how the whole construction site looked like in general.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

A working wheel is mounted.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

All in all they installed eighteen hydraulic components with kaplan turbines, where the diameter of one working wheel was ten meters (32 ft) and umbrella-type synchronous generators had capacity of 78 MW.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

Their main goal was to start running the HPP by January, 1st, 1981. All together they achieved the goal. The workers had to meet the New Year in the turbine hall, snow was falling right on their heads because there was no ceiling yet. But they were so happy!

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

It’s the generator rotor.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

It writes “The 18th final wheel of the Cheboksary HPP”.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Volga is being cofferdammed.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

They finished to cofferdam the Volga river in November, 1980. The whole process lasted for 6 days.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

Explosive works are being done.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The foundation pit of the HPP is being flooded.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

It’s the huge turbine hall.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

This is a central control room.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

It’s the recreation room.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The first current was produced by the HPP in 1981.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The first locking was also held in 1981. In 1989 the gateways were put into permanent operation.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

Unlike other gateways of the Volga hydroelectric cascade, the gateways of the Cheboksary HPP were equipped with distributive system of chamber filling, eliminating the formation of waves in the process of locking and boats rocking.

The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station

This is a new district of engineers employed at the HPP in Novocheboksarsk.

Due to lack of financing, the Cheboksary HPP has been used on its minimum for thirty years. However they are still working on the project of raising the reservoir level.

Location: Cheboksary

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11 thoughts on “The Story of One Hydroelectric Power Station”

      • Wha? You need to read an economics book, my misguided friend. Here in the “great” U.S. if I’m laid off, it’s “too bad.” In the Soviet Union, you could (almost literally) walk across the street and you’d find another job. I’ve known several workers firsthand who reported this to me. They came here for freedom and found out you’re free and drowning at the same time here in the land of MacDonald’s. (And I’ve read plenty of histories, too.)

        • Market mechanism does not necessarility mean deindustrialized and deunionized turbo-capitalism. Either extreme is bad. If you look at Scandinavia or most advanced European countries, clearly there is a third way. The USSR was miles away from having been the workers paradise it claimed to be. People were underpaid, coudln´t buy any thing for their money, afraid to speak up and bullied by the CPUSSR and the secret police. Living conditions were a joke, housing was horrid, environmental protection and labout safety was totally absent. No thank you, nobody needs that.

        • I guess that most inhabitants of the workers paradise would have been glad to enjoy the euro crisis as a nice and comfortable way of living. Why do you think nobody speaks up in Eastern Europe? Because despite all the unemployment and stuff they have never lived better.

  1. On this photo…

    http://englishrussia.com/images/112012/cheboksaryhpp2/cheboksaryplant002-9.jpg

    Looks like an image of a ghostly lady on the top lest corner.

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