The second hydroelectric unit was commissioned at Shardarinsk HPP

The second hydroelectric unit was commissioned at Shardarinsk HPP

The second of four hydroelectric units was commissioned at Shardarinsk HPP in Turkestan region; this was planned as part of the power plant and hydroelectric units retrofit. Testing of process equipment was successfully completed and main construction and installation works were performed at the HPP.

We would like to remind that as part of complete modernization of Shardarinsk HPP, all four hydraulic units of the plant are scheduled to be replaced until March 2020. The total cost of the project is 38 bln. tenge. 32% of funding is secured using own funds, 68% - borrowed funds. The contractor of the project - Austrian-German Company ANDRITZ Hydro Gmbh.

A large-scale reconstruction will allow increasing the HPP capacity by 26 percent - from current 100 to 126 MW. 57 mln.kWh/year will be produced additionally every year. The new equipment will allow increasing the service life of the hydropower plant up to 35-40 years, improving the reliability of the HPP operation and reducing the accident rate. According to “Samruk-Energy” JSC specialists, the project is very important for providing electricity to Turkestan region suffering from power shortages and for improving the efficiency of water use in the region.

Shardarinsk HPP was commissioned in 1967 with an installed capacity of 100 MW and 4 units. With a standard service life of 25 years, the plant's technological equipment has been in operation for more than 50 years, and as at the date of the modernization project commencement, the equipment depreciated almost 100%. Part of the electrical equipment, which was installed at the hydropower plant is no longer produced at the manufacturing plants and has gone out of production. From the economics and operation reliability point of view, further operation of the equipment was unfeasible.

Construction works on the third unit are underway simultaneously with the commissioning of first two hydroelectric units. The dismantling of the fourth one will commence concurrently. According to the approved schedule, units commissioned at that time will be in operation.  In this way, according to the work plan, all four hydroelectric units are scheduled to be upgraded.

“Samruk-Energy” JSC is the largest power holding company in Kazakhstan, 100% owned by “Samruk-Kazyna” SWF JSC. It was established in 2007. Core business: electricity and heat production; transmission, distribution and sale of electricity, power coal mining. The holding company comprises energy and coal enterprises, including “Ekibastuz SDPP-1” LLP, “Ekibastuz SDPP-2 Plant” JSC, “Bogatyr Komir” LLP, “Almaty Power Plants” JSC, “Moynak Hydropower Plant named after U.D. Kantayev” JSC, “Shardarinsk HPP” JSC, etc.


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