PJSC "RusHydro" began to build a power plant in the Chechen Republic


Today in the Chechen Republic the first cubic meter of concrete was laid in the constructions of the Tower small hydroelectric power station. The ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the Board – RusHydro General Director Viktor Khmarin and Chairman of the Government of the Chechen Republic Muslim Khuchiev.

Small HPP Tower is being built on the Argun River (Terek River basin) in the Itum-Kalinsky District near the village of Guchum - Calais. In this section, the river has a large vertical drop (40 meters over 1.4 km), which increases the efficiency of the future hydroelectric power station. The station received its name from the Ushkaloy twin towers of the 12th century, which are located upstream.

«The new hydroelectric power plant will be the largest hydropower facility in the Chechen Republic and RusHydro's first project in the region, – noted during the ceremony Viktor Khmarin. – The design capacity of the Tower SHPP will be 10 MW, the station will generate 45 million kWh of environmentally friendly, renewable electricity per year, which will be sent to the energy system of the Chechen Republic».

When designing the station, the specialists of the RusHydro Group Institute "Gidroproekt" ensure maximum efficiency of the power facility. The station will be created according to the diversion scheme, without the construction of a high-rise dam, land flooding or impact on the water regime of the river. The structures of the small hydropower plant will include the main water intake unit, a 1,500-meter long tunnel, a pressure basin, turbine conduits, and a hydropower plant building.

RusHydro is implementing a program to develop small hydropower in the territory North Caucasian Federal District, where there are the most favorable natural conditions for the operation of small hydroelectric power plants. Within the framework of this program, the Verkhnebalkarskaya (10 MW), Ust-Dzhegutinskaya (5.6 MW) and Barsuchkovskaya (5.25 MW) small HPPs have already been commissioned, two Krasnogorsk SHPPs (24.9 MW each) are being built, and the Psygansu SHPP is being designed ( 23.4 MW).