The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Chirkei hydro power plant is situated on the Sulak river and is the largest HPP in the North Caucasus and the highest arch dam in Russia.
Those who get there can have a good excursion program about the plant. Also it’s a nice place to photograph.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Sulak river basin is located in Dagestan. The water from the river is supplied to Makhachkala and Kaspiysk.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Chirkei HPP is a part of the Sulak hydroelectric system and is its first step. Other steps are:
Miatlinskaya HPP and the complex of Сhiryurtskiye hydro power plants.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

Surface area of the reservoir – 42.4 km ², and the volume reaches 2.78 km ³.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The HPP construction began in 1964 and lasted for fourteen years.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The gantry crane at the crest of the dam is used for opening / closing the valves that regulate the water flow to the main hydro generators.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

This is a view from the gantry crane. The dam is only six meters (about twenty ft) wide on the top. The construction seems to be so fragile from there!

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

This is a photo from the Google maps.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The water flows at a very high speed to the spiral chambers of hydraulic units.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

This is the spiral chamber inside.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

Water comes to the blades of the turbine. The energy of the water flow becomes the mechanical one and goes to the hydraulic unit which generates electricity.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

This hydraulic unit is being repaired.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The turbine hall is separated into two parts, each has two aggregates.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

Two bridge cranes in the halls have lifting capacity up to 320 tons.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

This is the control room.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

These are transformers and switchgears.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

Hydropower capacity is 1000 MW, average annual output is 2,470,000,000 kWh.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The energy of the river Sulak goes through the generator voltage switchgear to the United Energy System of the South of Russia.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

Not far from the dam is the inlet of the service spillway of the tunnel type. It is 730 m long (half a mile).

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

This is one of the mines inside the dam.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

This is the technical corridor.

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The Highest Arch Dam In Russia

The hydro power plant is even more beautiful at night.

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