Today we turn over a new leaf in our history. At the end of the 1950ths - the beginning of 1960ths of the last century, formation of a unique, powerful Irkutsk power supply system continued. It was the period of large-scale construction of the industrial enterprises in the Irkutsk area.
The enterprises of developing Irkutsk Chemical Plant No. 1 in Usolye-Sibirskoe city badly needed reliable power supply. Thermal Power Station of Usolye Chemical Plant (POB №14) constructed in 1934-1936, could not maintain this "giant" of the chemical industry: its capacities were sufficient only for one plant.
It was necessary to solve the major problem: to provide not only the basic consumer - Irkutsk Chemical Plant, but also other consumers of Usolye-Sibirskoe with energy. This task was fulfilled thanks to huge efforts and intense work of builders and employees of the future Irkutsk Thermal Power Station-11, as well as experts of Irkutsk Regional Power Administration.
The project of construction of Thermal Power Station was developed by Leningrad branch of VGPI Teploelektroproekt (All-Russia State Design Institute). The construction, which was started in the fourth quarter of 1954, was scheduled for being executed in three stages. Works on construction were conducted by Vostoktyazhstroy and Vostokzhilpromstroy Trusts.
The Thermal Power Station was considered a power building of Chemical Plant till 1959. Thermal Power Station of Irkutsk Chemical Plant since January 1, 1959 was included in the structure of Irkutskenergo Regional Administration with the right to be a self-supporting enterprise and the name of Irkutsk Thermal Power Station-11 by Order of Irkutsk Council of National Economy (No. 8 as of 5.01.1950) for duly preparation for commissioning and improvement of the control over construction. The same order of Irkutsk Council of National Economy enabled preparation for the start-up of two turbine generating units and two boilers of the Thermal Power Station in the third quarter of 1959.
In accordance with Order of Irkutsk Council of National Economy (No. 909-D as of 17.07.1959), the start-up commission was formed under the supervision of V.I. Grinkevich, Deputy Managing Director of Irkutskenergo Regional Administration, for commissioning work management and acceptance in temporary operation of the first block of the station. Thermal Power Station (POB 14) according to the Order of Irkutsk Council of National Economy was included in the structure of Irkutsk Thermal Power Station-11 in December 1959 as a workshop.
Construction continued; starting-up and regulation works were conducted. In 1959 experts of the Administration went on business trip to the Thermal Power Station about a hundred times for rendering practical help and decision of organizational questions. After installation, the right to start-up of the boiler unit No. 1 was given to the best workers of the station:
G.I. Shvedova, I.O. Krapivin, E.I. Pishchemukha, A.I. Nikiforova, S.G. Mashkin.
On December 30, 1959 input of the first 25 MW-capacity turbine unit was carried out. The team of the Thermal Power Station devoted their life to maintenance of reliable and uninterrupted supply of consumers with energy.
Yury Savvich Sekulovich was appointed First Head of Irkutsk Thermal Power Station-11. He came to work for the station having more than 3 years of operational experience on the post of Chief Engineer of Thermal Power Station-2. Y.S. Sekulovich did not stay long on the position of Director of Thermal Power Station-11; he occupied the post till August 1960. But it was the time of preparation for start-up and the time of start-up of two first blocks of the Thermal Power Station. The station started giving industrial current during the time of his supervision.
The big contribution to the start-up and the further development of Thermal Power Station-11 was made by Chief Engineer Vasily Antonovich Meshochkin (1959-1964), and chief of boiler shop N.E. Turenkov (1959-1964). Mr. Meshochkin held great work on selection and training of technicians; he solved all the technical questions connected with starting-up and adjustment works competently and correctly.
In August 1960, Y.S. Sekulovich was changed by Stepan Ivanovich Zhuravlyov, who had occupied the position of Chief Engineer of Thermal Power Station-1 before.
S.I. Zhuravlev worked as Director till 1967.
Vitaly Vladimirovich Fedyaev worked three years (1964-1 967) on the post of Chief Engineer, and then two years (1967-1969) as Director. V.V. Fedyaev arrived from the Rostov area (Nesvetay State District Power Station) in 1959. "I wish to work on new construction of Siberia power facilities", that are the words from his application for admission to work. Before this appointment, he occupied different supervising posts, including the post of Chief of the workshop of control instrumentation and automatics. It took him little time to train the personnel of the workshop; the workshop performed all works on adjustment of automatic devices of blocks 1 and 2 during starting-up and adjustment works. In May 1967, Bratovskikh Gorgoniy Alekseevich was appointed to the position of Chief Engineer. He worked at the station till 1972.
A.P. Pupyshev, V.V. Taran, L.F. Bulochnikov, A.V. Khomyakov, L.E. Akkuratova, V.I. Ivakhnenko, A.V. Fedotov, and many others made a great contribution to the station.
The enterprise developed under direct supervision of S.I. Zhuravlev in these years.
In 1962 the 1st construction stage of Thermal Power Station was finished, and construction of the 2nd stage was held simultaneously. The unique crane for 200-ton carrying capacity was installed for construction of the main building. Translation of boilers from Cheremkhovo coal (cost price equaled RUR 4 for 1 ton) to Azeisk brown coal (cost price equaled RUR 1.55) saved 1 million rubles during three years. The station became profitable. As a result of commissioning of 3-7 turbine units and 3-8 boiler units, capacities increased 8 times. By the end of 1968, Thermal Power Station-11 had 8 boiler units and 7 turbine units in operation.
Introduction of the advanced methods of work allowed to lower quantity of failures considerably.
Certainly, the history of construction of the station was not always as smooth as it seems. For example, in 1969 the Thermal Power Station faced flooding of ash-pump house, freezing of some facilities, and slagging of boiler up to the level of 6-8 meters. Koval Jakov Kirillovich (1969-1986) took management of the station during liquidation of consequences of the failures and the subsequent rise of station. The station reached high industrial potential during this period. The installed capacity of the Thermal Power Station equaled 350.3 MW, thermal capacity accounted to 1285 Gcal/h.
From April 1986 to 2003, the station was headed by Valery Aleksandrovich Mankov. He contributed to provision of consumers of the industry and agriculture with reliable thermal and electric energy supply. The basic consumer was JSC Usoliekhimprom. Mr. Mankov carried out a lot of remarkable projects; one of them is replacement of turbine generating unit 4 for a new unique one with natural air cooling, which has no analogues in Russia (factory 2). Another his project is construction of electric boiler compartment by capacity of 100 Gcal/h.
The whole epoch in the life and activity of the station is connected with Viktor Ivanovich Yashkin, Chief Engineer of the Thermal Power Station from 1972 to 26.06.2001. Mr. Yashkin started his career as an engine operator of the block, and, step by step, he became Chief Engineer. He took pains in settlement of questions and reliable work and improvement of operation of the power equipment. With his participation, 5-9 boilers and 5-8 turbine units were put in operation. In 2001 V.I. Yashkin retired.
Irkutsk Thermal Power Station-11 is "a source of manpower": V.I. Meshochkin became Chief Engineer of Penzenergo, L.F. Bulochnikov became Chief Engineer of Kamchatskenergo; V.Y. Mezhevich, S.V. Kuimov, O.I. Budilov, G.P. Kuvshinov, and many others occupied supervising posts in JSC Irkutskenergo.
Thermal Power Station-11 has a potential thanks to the previous generations; the station is proud of those, who made great contribution to the station, and this means that today's enterprise is in store for new achievements and success.