Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Kamchatka is the land of the living volcanoes. But people have learned how to get benefit from volcanoes. Only 50 people work at the Mutnovsko Geothermal energy plant, which supplies a third of central Kamchatka with energy.

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

The first, an experimental Pauzhetskaya Geothermal energy plant, was built in Kamchatka half a century ago, and the most  powerful, the industrial Mutnovskaya 50 MWt Geothermal Power Plant, was launched in 2002. This is one of the most modern geothermal plants in the world. Steam is created by using 14 wells with depths ranging from 900 to 2250 meters.

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

The station is located at 800 m above sea level, and 130 km from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. All around there a beautiful mountains, over which the cold winds from the Arctic and warm winds from the Pacific meet. As a result – the climatic conditions are difficult. A blizzard with zero visibility at night can cover a bulldozer with snow. In the morning, it would be necessary to search for it and dig it up. During the winter up to 8 meters of snow will fall, and the slow can stay until August..

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Another problem is icing. All station services are involved with the de-icing process, on rotation, where they water the towers with warm water.

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

By mid-January, wells are covered with snow so hard and deep, that a worker can only enter them through hatches in the roof. They are about 4-5 meters high. To get into the other wells they have to wade waist-deep in snow and dig out the front door in 2-3-meter banks of snow.

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Every five days workers should visit all wells, and check the temperature and pressure of the produced fluid.

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

The Mutnovskaya collective lives like a big family. Many workers have been here already for 7-10 years, almost since the opening. At the station there is everything for comfortable living and leisure – a playground, billiards, tennis, a gym and a recreation room.

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

There is also a small pool with running water from a thermal spring where they can bathe in summer and winter. Such thing are rare in a luxury resort, but here – it is the order of things.

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

Russian Geothermal Power Stations

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3 thoughts on “Russian Geothermal Power Stations”

  1. Thank you for posting these great photographs! I love industrial bases that are located in extreme cold locations. It must be amazing place to work at, the getaway for mind to progress and learn as well as create! Could you also do the coverage of the Russian new gaz rig in the northern sea?

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