On November 28, 2016, the Bratskaya HPP celebrates the 55th anniversary of its launch
On November 28, the legendary Bratskaya HPP celebrates the anniversary of its launch. This is the second power plant forming part of the HPP cascade on the Angara River; it is the leader in Eurasia in terms of total electricity output since the launch of the first hydroelectric unit.
Fifty five years ago, the Bratskaya HPP provided impetus for the formation and rapid development not only of the city of Bratsk and the Irkutsk Region, but also of the entire Siberian region as a whole. The Bratskaya HPP is still the flagship of the Russian hydropower industry; it ranks among the best hydroelectric power stations in the world in terms of its technical and economic performance.
Today, the Bratskaya HPP with a capacity of 4.5 GW produces 22.6 TWh per year when the water level is average. During high water periods, this figure can reach 30 TWh. To date, the Bratskaya HPP has produced more than 1 trillion kWh; this electricity has been used for the production of aluminum, cellulose and building materials, for industrial and household needs of the region and the country.
We would like to remind that in September 1954, the government of the USSR approved the construction of the Bratskaya HPP, and on December 21, 1954, preparation for the construction of the HPP was started. The Bratskaya HPP was built in the taiga, in an uninhabited region situated hundreds of kilometers away from large cities and notable for its harsh climate. It was the first time that a tall slotted concrete dam was built under such conditions. All the works were performed round the clock, despite the low temperatures characteristic of the Siberian winter. As early as in 1961 the first hydroelectric units were put into operation at the HPP. By December 20, 1966, 18 units of the hydroelectric power plant with a total capacity of 4,100 MW were put under load. The initial filling of the giant reservoir continued from September 1961 through July 1967. In 1967, the State Commission accepted the Bratskaya HPP for permanent operation with an "excellent" rating.
Oleg Prichko, CEO of PJSC Irkutskenergo: "The Bratskaya HPP is the second and the most powerful hydroelectric power plant forming part of the Angara cascade, fed by the clean waters of Lake Baikal and its main tributaries; it is the pride of our country's energy sector. The unique structure built in harsh climatic conditions still inspires awe and respect; it makes one admire the grandness of the plan, its scale, its grandeur and harmony. Since the beginning of its operation 55 years ago, the Bratskaya HPP has been a symbol of stability and work achievements of the people of Siberia, and it is one of the leading enterprises in the industry. The highest level of professionalism, experience and skill of engineering and technical personnel, selfless work of all employees of the HPP has enabled it to gain recognition in Russia and abroad."
Press-service of PJSC Irkutskenergo
November 28, 2016