Argayash power station

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Argayash power station is an operating power station of at least 236-megawatts (MW) in Novogornyy, Chelyabinsk, Russia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Argayash power station Novogornyy, Chelyabinsk, Russia 55.638704, 60.776117 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 7, Unit 5, Unit 2, Unit 4, Unit 3, Unit 1: 55.638704, 60.776117

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 7 operating coal - lignite, fossil gas - natural gas 30 subcritical 1986
Unit 5 operating coal - lignite, fossil gas - natural gas 40 subcritical 1955
Unit 2 operating coal - lignite, fossil gas - natural gas 35 subcritical 1953
Unit 4 operating coal - lignite, fossil gas - natural gas 61 subcritical 2018
Unit 3 operating coal - lignite, fossil gas - natural gas 35 subcritical 1953
Unit 1 operating coal - lignite, fossil gas - natural gas 35 subcritical 1953

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 7 Rosatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC) [100.0%]
Unit 5 Rosatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC) [100.0%]
Unit 2 Rosatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC) [100.0%]
Unit 4 Rosatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC) [100.0%]
Unit 3 Rosatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC) [100.0%]
Unit 1 Rosatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC) [100.0%]

Project-level captive use details

  • Captive industry use (heat or power): other metals & mining
  • Captive industry: Both


The 256-MW coal-fired Argayash power station is owned by Rusatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC), a subsidiary of Rosatom.

In July 2021, Rosatom (the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation) acquired the plant from Fortum.[1] Fortum stated that this step will contribute to their goal of completely eliminating use of coal in the Russian division of the corporation by the end of 2022.[1] Rosatom's subsidiary company Rusatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC) officially began to manage the power plant in September 2021.[2] RIR JSC's General Director explained this purchase by stating that Argayash power station is critically important as it supplies industrial steam to NPO Mayak, one of the world leaders in the production of sources of ionizing radiation for industrial use and the processing of irradiated nuclear fuel. The CHPP also supplies heat to consumers in Ozersk and Novogorny.[2][3]

The plant’s six units were brought online between 1953 and 1986.[4][5][6] In 2018, a seventh unit with 65 MW of capacity was added consisting of a turbine from Urals Turbine Factory and a generator from ELSIB.[6] It appeared that the final confirmed capacity of the new unit is 61MW.

One source stated that the station is designed to run on both coal and natural gas; with each fuel source supplying about 50%.[6] However the System Operator's document released in early 2023 listed the plant as coal-fired only, using coal from the Chelyabinsk area as well as from the Borodinsky coal mine.[7]

Environmental & Social Impacts

In August 2019 the Arbitration Court of the Chelyabinsk Region found that the plant had been illegally dumping effluents in Lake Ulagach in violation of the Russian Water Code.[8] In February of 2021, the Argayash power station was found to have leaked two tons of oil into a nearby channel, which feeds into Lake Ulagach.[9] A week passed before PJSC Fortum reported the incident to local authorities.[10] The Chelyabinsk Environmental Prosecutor's Office later opened a case against PJSC Fortum and the heads of its divisions because of the concealment of the accident.[11] That audit found that the leakage of oil products exceeded the volume of pollutants discharged into the water body permitted for the power plant from 9.3 to 26.8 times. According to prosecutors, power engineers tried to hide the fact of man-made pollution, untimely reported it and distorted the real picture of the state of the environment and natural resources. The Ural Interregional Directorate of Rosprirodnadzor imposed a fine of 20 thousand rubles on a legal entity, and 25 thousand rubles on officials.[12]

In February 2021, Ozersk city's residents were left without heat due to an accident at the pipe network of the power station.[13]

In the summer of 2021, local residents were concerned about the dramatic reduction in the water level of Lake Akakul for the past four years, attributing this to the consumption of the lake water by Argayash power station and other industrial enterprises in the area. The spokesperson from Rosatom stated that the power station does not use water from this lake (while other industrial facilities do) and that the drought is the most likely cause.[14]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 ""Фортум" продаст Аргаяшскую ТЭЦ структуре "Росатома"". July 8, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "АО «Русатом Инфраструктурные решения» приступил к управлению Аргаяшской ТЭЦ". Sep 2, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "АО «Русатом Инфраструктурные решения» приобретает у ПАО «Фортум» Аргаяшскую ТЭЦ". July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Global Power Plant Database, World Resources Institute, Version 1.3, June 2021.
  5. Argayashsky CHP Power Plant Russia, Global Energy Observatory, accessed June 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Аргаяшская ТЭЦ, Wikipedia (Russian), accessed November 2022
  7. "Перечень электростанций, действующих и планируемых к сооружению, расширению, модернизации и выводу из эксплуатации (page 47)" (PDF). February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. «Фортум» обязали через суд получить разрешение на сброс стоков в озеро на Урале,, Aug. 27, 2019
  9. "В Челябинской области в озеро попало две тонны нефтепродуктов с местной ТЭЦ". Feb 1, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. They were silent about this for a week, Znak, Feb. 1, 2021
  11. The prosecutor's office of the Chelyabinsk region opened a case over an oil leak into Lake Ulagach, Pravadurfo, Feb. 12, 2021
  12. Evgeny Anikienko, In the Chelyabinsk region, Ulagach lake may turn into a waste pond, Южноуральская панорама, Mar. 23, 2021
  13. "Озерск остался без тепла из-за аварии на трубопроводе Аргаяшской ТЭЦ". Feb 15, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "«Вода уходит сумасшедшим потоком»: жителей Челябинской области обеспокоило сильное обмеление озера Акакуль". Sep 6, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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