Bogoslovskaya power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bogoslovskaya power station is a 135.5-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Sverdlovsk province, Russia.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Krasnoturyinsk city, Krasnoturyinsk district, Sverdlovsk province.

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Background on Plant

The 136-MW coal-fired Bogoslovskaya CHP power station is a cogeneration plant for RUSAL's massive Bogoslovskaya aluminum smelter in Krasnoturyinsk. The plant's 12 boilers were brought online between 1944 and 1960.[1]

In August 2013, the plant's previous owner, TGC-9 (a subsidiary of Integrated Energy Systems, which is in turn a subsidiary of the Renova Group), agreed to sell the plant to RUSAL for $25 million. The deal was agreed to after personal intervention in an inter-oligarch dispute by Vladimir Putin, in order to save the Bogoslovskaya smelter from rising energy costs.[2][3][4]

In March 2016, the plant was withdrawn from the wholesale power market; it now only produces cogeneration power for the Bogoslovskaya smelter.[5]

Description of Expansion

The RAO UES 2006-10 five-year plan (from before the restructuring of RAO UES), which RAO management approved in January 2007, lists the Novo-Bogoslovskaya project: the addition of three 200-MW coal-fired units at Bogoslovskaya, with a completion date of 2009-13.[6]

It would appear that, with the privatization and subsequent sale of the plant, this project is defunct. At this site, the sale of the Bogoslovskaya power plant to RUSAL occurred because the plant's operations had become unprofitable; RUSAL has been dramatically cutting aluminum production at its Russian facilities, and RUSAL's Bogoslovskaya smelter is apparently especially unprofitable; upon buying the Bogoslovskaya power plant, RUSAL stated that it would only be keeping the plant's sixth unit online for aluminum production.[7][8][9]

In November 2013, after years of delays, TGC-9's parent company, IES, announced that it would be moving the Novo-Bogoslovskaya power plant project to the Kazan CHP-2 plant in Tatarstan.[9][10] TGC-9's failure to build the Novo-Bogoslovskaya plant has been met with illegal protests in Krasnoturyinsk by workers fearing the gradual shutdown of the smelter.[11] Furthermore, the Novo-Bogoslovskaya project had apparently been switched to a gas-fired plant.[12]

Proposed retirement

In May 2019 it was announced that the plant would be retired in 2019, under the Ministry of Energy's regional development plan for 2019-2024.[13] A different report stated that 15.5 MW of capacity would remain in operation beyond 2019.[14] In December 2019 it was reported that the modernization of the plant and conversion to gas was not yet complete.[15] As of October 2020 the plant was still being powered by coal.[16]

Project Details for Expansion

  • Sponsor: RUSAL
  • Location: Krasnoturyinsk city, Krasnoturyinsk district, Sverdlovsk province, Russia
  • Coordinates: 59.78154, 60.17610 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 600 MW[6]
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. История, Bogoslovskaya CHP website, accessed Mar. 2014.
  2. UC RUSAL Signs Agreement with IES Holding to Buy Bogoslovskaya Power Station in Sverdlovsk Region, Ural Business Consulting, Aug. 20, 2013.
  3. UC Rusal выкупит Богословскую ТЭЦ у Вексельберга, Vedomosti, June 17, 2013.
  4. Шувалов для мощности, Gazeta, Mar. 26, 2012.
  5. Богословская ТЭЦ «Русала» мощностью 141 МВт ушла с ОРЭ, получив статус блок–станции, Big Power News, 24 Mar. 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Investment Program of RAO UES of Russia Thermal Generation Companies for 2006-2010 and Key Power-Generating Equipment Required by OGK/TGK for its Implementation, RAO UES document, Jan. 29, 2007.
  7. RUSAL to Cut Output at Siberian Smelters by 100,000 tns in 2013, Prime Business News, June 26, 2013.
  8. UC RUSAL: Aluminum Production at Bogoslovsky Smelter is Loss-Making, Ural Business Consulting, accessed Mar. 2014.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Премьер добавил "Русалу" электроэнергии, Kommersant, Dec. 9, 2011.
  10. Строительство энергоблока Новобогословской ТЭЦ перенесено на Казанскую ТЭЦ-2, IES press release, Nov. 20, 2013.
  11. Rally Against Suspension of Power Plant Construction in Sverdlovsk Region Passes without Incidents, Interfax (via EBSCO), Mar. 16, 2013.
  12. Power Machines Manufacture a New Generator for Novo-Bogoslovskaya TPP Belonging to IES Holding, Power Machines press release, Apr. 27, 2012.
  13. Минэнерго области сообщило о прекращении угольной генерации на двух ТЭЦ,, May 22, 2019
  15. Компания РУСАЛ в 2019 году реализовала в Краснотурьинске значимые проекты, оказавшие влияние на социально-экономическую жизнь города,, Dec. 27, 2019
  16. Elizaveta Poroshina, В Свердловской области 75 процентов мощности энергосистемы обеспечивают 4 станции,, Oct. 8, 2020

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