Lukoil has competed a major modernization of the Belorechenskaya hydropower station in Russia’s Krasnodar Region, raising the project’s capacity by over 30%.
The reconstruction, which began back in 2017, included replacement of two generating units. The work increased the installed capacity of each unit from 16MW to 24MW, raising the total capacity of the power plant up to 48MW.
The upgrade also extended the operational life of the plant for 40 years, increased reliability and improved environmental safety, said Lukoil, through the use of advanced technologies, like brushless excitation of the hydrogenerator and electric drive of the turbine wicket. The company also introduced integrated upgrade solutions at almost all auxiliary systems of the station.
The Belorechenskaya hydropower plant dates back to 1954. The station operates on the principle of diversion, using the elevation difference between the Belaya and the Pshish rivers.