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Blagoveschenskaya TPP

Queue for the second burst

Blagoveschenskaya TPP

The capital of the Amur Region has recently been heard of - the fault is the catastrophic flood that covered the Far East. Meanwhile, it was the flood that exposed the already serious problem of Blagoveshchensk - a severe shortage of thermal power.

Experts observe obvious signals: not all victims will be ready to return to their former place. Mass migration of the population to cities is a quite predictable prospect.

Against this background one interesting detail was revealed: in Blagoveshchensk new housing is being actively built, and even at adequate prices ... But it is not suitable for life yet: it is not provided with heat and hot water. Not for someone's malicious intent - just an infrastructure for several years does not keep up with the rapid growth of the city.

Centralized heating of the city provides Blagoveshchensk CHP. This is the coal giant 1976 of the year of construction, which has the highest smokestack in the entire 210 district, from which a fantastic view opens up, including into Chinese territory. The proximity and accessibility of China (and the width of Amur between Blagoveshchensk and Heihe is less than a kilometer) allowed the city not only to survive in difficult times, but also quickly enough to gain a good pace of development. Becoming one of the centers of cross-border trade with China, Blagoveshchensk rapidly increased its population, and the Blagoveshchensk TPP gradually approached physical restrictions on the load.

Housing construction is going ahead of schedule, but most of the houses are still "ghosts". At the same time, RAO ES Vostoka literally squeezes out everything possible from the operating station. According to Andrey Sazanov, director of the station, “in connection with the large construction program that is under way in Blagoveshchensk, we have been working without a single reserve starting from November to March. That is, all major equipment is included. The only reserve we have is fuel oil water heating boilers. But we have to use them regularly over the past two years. "

It is nonsense for any economist to stoke fuel oil in the city, provided with normal transport infrastructure and located near large coal mines. To use all the equipment without exception, without having a reserve, is the highest operational risks for the technicians. However, until the 2 line of the Blagoveshchenskaya CHP plant is built - there is no other way out.

According to power engineers, the city will experience problems with lack of heat for another two years. “As far as the financial capabilities of JSC RAO Energy Systems of the East are being independently prepared for the construction of the 2 phase of the Blagoveshchenskaya CHP,” says Sergey Tolstoguzov, the company's general director. - We completed the necessary design, made all the calculations, but the situation was systematically stalled due to lack of funds for the construction itself. A year ago, circumstances changed - the station was included in the list of projects funded by the state through the targeted capitalization of JSC RusHydro. The works have already been launched, competitions have been announced, in 2015, we expect to start up the new equipment. ”

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