Electrical load at the thermal power plants of OJSC Irkutskenergo reaches an all-time high on December 21, 2012
On December 21, 2012 at 5:35 p.m. (Moscow time) electrical load at the thermal power plants of OJSC Irkutskenergo reached an all-time high totaling 3,704 MW (which is 136 MW higher than the previous record level reached in January 2012). Moreover, at some of the CHPPs the load reached an absolute maximum since the beginning of their operation.
At CHPP-9 in Irkutsk, electric power output totaled 575 MW thanks to the successful implementation of a project which included constructing a new heating main No. 6 in Angarsk, overhauling turbine units at st. No. 1, 5, 6 and increasing their nameplate capacity, as well as installing a boiler unit for the turbine unit at st. No. 4. Overall, following the implementation of all these projects, the available capacity of the power plant has increased by 210 MW.
At CHPP-11 in Irkutsk, electrical load hit a new all-time high totaling 320 MW. At this power plant, a new cooling tower No. 4 has been installed, enabling an increase in the available capacity of the power plant by 60 MW.
At the Ust-Ilimskaya CHPP, electrical load totaled 490 MW as the overhaul of electric power output facilities and of cooling tower No. 3 helped to increase available capacity by 40 MW.
Handling of maximum loads has become possible primarily due to the implementation of the Company’s large-scale investment projects aimed at increasing its productive capacity and ensuring reliable and safe operation of all power plants of OJSC Irkutskenergo. Since 2007, available capacity of OJSC Irkutskenergo’s CHPPs has increased by 310 MW. High electricity demand among consumers is related to the cold weather that has set in all over Siberia, and low ambient temperatures (which are 10 degrees lower than in December 2011). December 2012 saw a 5% year-on-year increase in electricity consumption in the Irkutsk Region.
Besides, on December 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. (Moscow time), OJSC System Operator of the Unified Energy System recorded that, with the ambient temperature of -22.3 degrees, electric power consumption within the Unified Energy System of Russia reached a maximum, totaling 156,336 MW, which is 1,110 MW higher than the previous all-time record.
Given the frosty weather typical of January, power engineers in Irkutsk will have to continue handling the maximum loads for a long period of time.
Press service of OJSC Irkutskenergo
December 24, 2012