Gusinoozyorskaya power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Gusinoozyorskaya power station is a 1190-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in the Republic of Buryatia, in Russia.[1]

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Gusinoozyorskaya city, Selenginsky district, Republic of Buryatia.

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Background on Plant

The combined heat-and-power station provides electricity to consumers in Buryatia and neighboring regions, as well as thermal energy to the city of Gusinoozyorsk.[2]

One of the more modern former-Soviet plants, Gusinoozyorskaya was approved by the Soviet Council of Ministers in 1968, as a project of six 200-MW coal-fired units. The first four units were brought online in 1976-79; the last two were brought online in 1988-92. Unit 2 was refurbished in 1993-96, and Unit 4 in 1998. The plant is owned by the Third Generation Company of the Wholesale Electricity Market (OGK-3), a subsidiary of Inter RAO.[3][4]

Modernization

In December 2020 it was reported that the capacity of Unit 2 and Unit 3 will each be increased by 54 MW in the period 2021-2023, or possibly by a collective 54 MW for the two units.[5] Unit 3 was modernized in 2017, its capacity increasing to 200 MW.[6]

In June 2020, it was announced that the company is planning a large-scale modernization of units 1, 2, and 3. This would include complete replacement of 3 coal boilers with a capacity of 640 tons of steam/hour each, including auxiliary equipment and live steam pipelines, in the period from September 2020 to January 2024. The delivery of boiler equipment began in August 2020.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Third Generation Company of the Wholesale Electricity Market (OGK-3)
  • Parent company: Inter RAO
  • Location: Gusinoozyorsk city, Selenginsky district, Republic of Buryatia, Russia
  • Coordinates: 51.29841, 106.48411 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: 1190 MW[1]
    • Unit 1: 200 MW[8]
    • Unit 2: 190 MW[8]
    • Unit 3: 170 MW[8]
    • Unit 4: 210 MW[8]
    • Unit 5: 210 MW[8]
    • Unit 6: 210 MW[8]
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Okino-Klyuchevskaya mine
  • Source of financing:

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 as a long-term project the addition of a 330-MW coal-fired unit at Gusinoozyorsk, with a completion date of 2011.[9] A January 2014 Inter RAO investment plan presentation does not mention this plan, and there is no indication that the new management at Inter RAO intends on pursuing this expansion.[10]

However, Inter RAO did in recent years conduct a renovation of Unit 4, expanding its output to 210 MW, and expanding the entire plant's output from 1100 to 1130 MW. This renovation project was completed in 2013.[10][11][12]

Public Opposition

In July 2018 residents met publicly for a half-a-day with a representative of the All-Russia People's Front (or ONF, as it is known in Russian) to voice complaints about the impact of the Buryatskaya open-pit coal mine, the Gusinoozyorskaya power station, and the transportation of coal between them, with more than 300 trips by 30-ton trucks daily. Problems described include the shaking of house from vibrations, coal dust getting on laundry, and constant noise.[13]

Environmental Impact

In February 2020 it was revealed that the plant was polluting the Tel River in violation of the Water Code of Russia after environmental activists requested an audit of the plant by the Trans-Baikal Interregional Administration of Rosprironadzor.[14]

Project Details for Expansion

  • Sponsor: Third Generation Company of the Wholesale Electricity Market (OGK-3)
  • Parent company: Inter RAO
  • Location: Gusinoozyorsk city, Selenginsky district, Republic of Buryatia, Russia
  • Coordinates: 51.29841, 106.48411 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 330 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Okino-Klyuchevskaya mine
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Гусиноозёрская ГРЭС, Inter RAO, Accessed June 9, 2021
  2. "Гусиноозёрская ГРЭС". Wikipedia. Retrieved Dec 23, 2021.
  3. Гусиноозерская ГРЭС, OGK-3 website, accessed Mar. 2014.
  4. Gusinoozerskaya Coal Power Plant Russia, Global Energy Observatory, accessed Mar. 2014.
  5. "Россети" внедрят к 2025 году в Бурятии более 53 тыс. "умных" счетчиков, Tass, Dec. 15, 2020
  6. "АО «Интер РАО – Электрогенерация» подвело итоги производственной деятельности за 2017 год". Inter RAO. Retrieved Dec 23, 2021.
  7. "Модернизация Гусиноозерской ГРЭС, на старт!". Kvartz Group. Retrieved Dec 23, 2021.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 "Мощность Гусиноозёрской ГРЭС увеличилась на 30 МВт". Inter RAO. Retrieved Dec 23, 2021.
  9. 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.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Inter RAO UES presentation, January 2014, accessed Mar. 2014.
  11. WGC-3 Performs Reconstruction of the Unit with Capacity 210 MW at Gusinoozerskaya TPP, OGK-3 press release, Oct. 22, 2008.
  12. "Gusinoozyorskaya Thermal Power Plant," Inter RAO, accessed May 2016
  13. «Зачем нам уголь?»: на «токсичных» улицах Гусиноозерска прошло стихийное собрание жителей, ulan.mk.ru, Jul. 11, 2018
  14. В Бурятии Гусиноозерская ГРЭС загрязняла реку сточными водами, Feb. 21, 2020

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