North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

The three plants were selected for implementation through a tender for construction of renewable energy sources capacity. The tender was conducted by the Administrator of trading system.

Three small hydropower plants developed by RusHydroare set to begin construction in Russia’s North Caucasus region.

The three plants were selected for implementation through a tender for construction of renewable energy sources capacity. The tender was conducted by the Administrator of trading system.

The projects will be covered by 15-year supply agreements with basic annual return of up to 14 percent.

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RusHydro will commission all three small hydropower plants, located in the Stavropol region and the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic, in 2017: the 10-megawattSengileevskaya, the 5.04-MW Barsuchkovskaya, and the 5.6-MW Ust-Dzhegutinskaya.

The Sengileevskaya plant will be built near the existing 15-MW Sengileevskaya hydropower plant. Project implementation will add generation capacity as well as have a positive effect on the Sengileevskaya water reservoir, reducing the reservoir’s rate of siltation.

The Barsuchkovskaya plant will be built on the tailrace of regulating water reservoir of hydropower plant 4 of Kuban’ Cascade, and will be using the excess water produced after the Nevinnomysskaya is switched to a closed-cycle water supply.

The Ust-Dzhegutinskaya plant will be built on the Ust-DzhegutinskiyHydrotechnical Complex.

In line with the tender requirements, capital expenditures will be RUB 146,000, or around US $4,200, per 1 kilowatt of installed capacity, ensuring the projects’ profitability. RusHydro is ready to comply with localization requirements for equipment of the small hydropower plants.

The North Caucasus region has natural conditions that are well suited for small hydropower plants; in addition, these projects will help remedy the shortage of generation capacity in the region. – EcoSeed Staff


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