Experimental TES power station

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Experimental TES power station (Экспериментальная ТЭС) is a power station in Krasny Sulin, Krasnosulinsky, Rostov, Russia with multiple units of varying statuses none of which are currently operating. It is also known as Nesvetay power station.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Experimental TES power station Krasny Sulin, Krasnosulinsky, Rostov, Russia 47.87117, 40.02033 (exact)

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

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2: 47.87117, 40.02033
  • Unit 5: 47.871756, 40.020158

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - anthracite 350 subcritical
Unit 2 cancelled coal - anthracite 350 subcritical
Unit 5 retired coal - anthracite 112 subcritical 1954 2018

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Experimental TES JSC [100.0%]
Unit 2 Experimental TES JSC [100.0%]
Unit 5 Experimental TES JSC [100.0%]


The plant's former majority owner, the Elektrostal Rossii (ESTAR) Group, went bankrupt in 2010. LUKOIL-Rostovenergo, a subsidiary of Russian oil giant Lukoil, and Inter RAO's Energy System East were also minority shareholders. Since then, the plant has apparently been majority-owned by the Experimental TES and under the management of Mechel.[1]

The Nesvetay power station was originally built as a 300-MW, four-unit coal-fired power plant. Construction began in 1941, but was interrupted by WWII. After the war, construction resumed; the first unit went online in 1948, and the other three followed in 1949-54. By the 1970's, the plant's aging machinery had become worn and obsolete. A fifth 110-MW unit was built in 1979; over time, the other four units were gradually shut down, and since 1986 Unit 5 has been the only functioning unit.[2][3][4]

The company was actively searching for investors to buy the plant and complete renovations. By 2012, the company was struggling financially and entered into bankruptcy.[5] In 2015, the plant was still for sale without any potential acquirers.[6] However, one of the lots with some standalone equipment was sold in 2015.[7] In 2018 the plant informed of its cessation of activity due to its liquidation.[1] Therefore we consider that the plant is not operating and not producing electricity.

Description of Expansion

In 1996, together with the Rostov-based Institute of Ecological Problems of Energy, the plant's owner initiated a project to build a two-unit, 700-MW pilot coal waste plant at the site. Construction started, but financing became a problem and the project was only 22% completed. In 2006, ESTAR tried to revive the project, planning on resuming construction in 2008 and bringing the new plant online in 2012 -- but ESTAR's bankruptcy left that plan in limbo as well.[2][8]

Experimental TES has been searching for investors to buy the plant and complete the project. With no developments since 2006, the project appeared to be abandoned.

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Экспериментальная ТЭС". Wikipedia. Retrieved November 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Информация об Обществе и его положение в отрасли, Experimental TES website, accessed Feb. 2014.
  3. System Operator South. "ОАО «Экспериментальная ТЭС»". Retrieved November 2022 via the Wayback Machine. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Eksperimentalnaya TES (2016). "Информация об Обществе и его положение в отрасли". etes.ru. Retrieved November 2022 via the Wayback Machine. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Serbin, Tatiana. Вынужденному поставщику подыскивают инвестора, Kommersant, Feb. 12, 2013.
  6. "«Экспериментальная ТЭС» упала в цене". kommersant.ru. February, 2015. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ""Экспериментальная ТЭС" продала имущество на 2 млн руб. из общих 191 млн рублей". Interfax Russia. 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Передумали, Vedomosti, May 3, 2009.

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