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Industrial PRIME | December 1, 2015

Fortum Starts Commercial Operation of Chelyabinsk GRES Power Plant’s Unit 1 in Russia

Fortum's investment programme in the South Urals and Western Siberia has consisted of eight new gas-fired power plant units as well as the modernization of existing units. (Image: Fortum)
Fortum Starts Commercial Operation of Chelyabinsk GRES Power Plant’s Unit 1 in Russia

Industrial PRIME | December 1, 2015

Fortum has commissioned Unit 1 of its Chelyabinsk GRES combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Russia and will start receiving capacity payments as of 1 December 2015.

The unit’s certified capacity is 247.5 MW of electricity, while the evaluated heat capacity is 174.45 MW.

“Our new CHP units are more efficient and competitive than the older units,” said Fortum’s Alexander Chuvaev. “Energy efficiency and more environmentally friendly and reliable technology will definitely benefit our local residential and industrial customers.”

Unit 2 of Chelyabinsk GRES is estimated to start commercial operation in early 2016, slightly behind schedule due to delays in construction.

Fortum’s extensive investment programme in Russia that started in 2008 is now nearly completed. After the completion, Fortum will have one of the most modern fleets in Russia. In addition, it will have nearly doubled its power generation capacity in Russia to approximately 5,200 MW.

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