Cherepetskaya power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Russiacoal}}Cherepetskaya power station is a 1,910-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Tula province, Russia.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Suvorov city, in Suvorov district, Tula province.

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Background on Plant

The Cherepetskaya power station was approved by the Soviet Ministry of Power Plants in 1948, and the first four 140-MW units (burning brown coal) were completed in 1953-58. In 1963-66, the plant was expanded by an additional two 300-MW and one 265-MW units (burning black coal).[1][2]

In February 2016 it was reported that declining energy prices would force Inter Rao to retire 865 MW of the plant's capacity in 2019: the two 300-MW units and one 265-MW unit.[3] A different report from February 2016 was that Inter Rao would retire a total of 1,285 MW at the plant, meaning that three of its original 140-MW units would also be retired.[4]

A May 2019 audit of the plant found that personnel were inadequately trained and that the plant's equipment was becoming increasingly unreliable.[5]

Description of Expansion

The RAO UES 2006-10 five-year plan (from before the restructuring of RAO UES), which RAO management approved in January 2007, lists as a long-term project the addition of two 225-MW coal-fired units at Cherepetskaya, with a completion date of 2010.[6] These two additional 225-MW coal-fired units, Units 8 and 9, are being built by Inter RAO, at a cost of approximately $800 million.

In 2010, state and local permits were issued, and the company poured foundations for the two units.[7] The two units' electric alternators were completed in January 2013. Completion of Unit 8 is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014, and Unit 9 in the fourth quarter of 2014.[8][9]

Unit 8 was completed in December 2014.[10] Unit 9 was successfully tested in April 2015, and was completed in June 2015.[11][12]

Project Details for Units 8 & 9 Expansion

  • Sponsor: JSC Inter RAO UES - EPP
  • Parent company: Inter RAO UES
  • Location: Suvorov city, Suvorov district, Tula province, Russia
  • Coordinates: 54.136, 36.48 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: 450 MW (Units 8 & 9: 225 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service: Dec. 2014 (Unit 8); June 2015 (Unit 9)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous (DG Mark)[9]
  • Coal Source: Kutnetzk Basin[9]
  • Source of financing:

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