Argayash power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Argayash power station is a 195-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Chelyabinsk province, Russia.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near the settlement of Novogorny, in Argayashsky district, Chelyabinsk province.

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Background on Plant

The six-unit, 195-MW coal-fired Argayash power station is owned by Fortum. The plant’s six units were brought online between 1953 and 1986.[1][2][3] The station is designed to run on both coal and natural gas; currently, each fuel source supplies about 50% of the total fuel needs of the station.[4]

In July 2021, Rosatom (the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation) acquired the plant from Fortum.[5] 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.[5] Rosatom's subsidiary company Rusatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC) officially began to manage the power plant in September 2021.[6] RIR JSC's General Director explained this purchase by stating that Argayash CHPP is critically important for the stable functioning of the Mayak Production Association (НПО Маяк), for the population and the commercial sector of Ozersk and Novogorny.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] A week passed before PJSC Fortum reported the incident to local authorities.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

In February 2021, Ozersk city's residents were left without heat due to an accident at the pipe network of the power station.[12]

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.[13]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Rusatom Infrastructure Solutions JSC (RIR JSC)[6]
  • Parent company: Rosatom[6]
  • Location: Novogorny, Argayashsky district, Chelyabinsk province, Russia
  • Coordinates: 55.638704, 60.776117 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 195 MW (Units 1-3: 35 MW; Unit 5: 40 MW; Unit 6: 20 MW; Unit 7: 30 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1953-1955 (Units 1-5); 1986 (Unit 6)
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. Global Power Plant Database, World Resources Institute, Version 1.0.0, April 2018.
  2. Argayashsky CHP Power Plant Russia, Global Energy Observatory, accessed June 2018.
  3. Аргаяшская ТЭЦ, Wikipedia (Russian), accessed June 2018.
  4. Аргаяшская ТЭЦ, Ural Energy Museum, Accessed June 3, 2021
  5. 5.0 5.1 ""Фортум" продаст Аргаяшскую ТЭЦ структуре "Росатома"". Interfax.ru. July 8, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "АО «Русатом Инфраструктурные решения» приступил к управлению Аргаяшской ТЭЦ". Rosatom-teplo.ru. Sep 2, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.
  7. «Фортум» обязали через суд получить разрешение на сброс стоков в озеро на Урале, znak.com, Aug. 27, 2019
  8. "В Челябинской области в озеро попало две тонны нефтепродуктов с местной ТЭЦ". Znak.com. Feb 1, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.
  9. They were silent about this for a week, Znak, Feb. 1, 2021
  10. The prosecutor's office of the Chelyabinsk region opened a case over an oil leak into Lake Ulagach, Pravadurfo, Feb. 12, 2021
  11. Evgeny Anikienko, In the Chelyabinsk region, Ulagach lake may turn into a waste pond, Южноуральская панорама, Mar. 23, 2021
  12. "Озерск остался без тепла из-за аварии на трубопроводе Аргаяшской ТЭЦ". Znak.com. Feb 15, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.
  13. "«Вода уходит сумасшедшим потоком»: жителей Челябинской области обеспокоило сильное обмеление озера Акакуль". 74.ru. Sep 6, 2021. Retrieved Dec 7, 2021.

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