Alstom Hydro France, Alstom Russia and the Russian United Energy-Construction Corporation (OEK) have signed a deal with RusHydro to modernize the Kubansky hydro complex in Russia.
Alstom will carry out the rehabilitation of electro and hydro mechanical equipment as well as install a new instrumentation & control system. Its partner OEK will be responsible for all civil works.
A feasibility study will define the necessary work to be performed. The rehabilitation project may take between six to ten years. Part of the equipment to modernize the cascade of Kubansky hydropower plants could be provided by the joint hydropower manufacturing facility to be built by RusHydro and Alstom in Ufa City, in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia.
The factory will be oriented to production of hydro equipment for small hydropower plants, as well equipment for distributed control systems, condition monitoring systems, Excitation Systems for hydro generators and integrated site security systems. In perspective, the enterprise will be producing also equipment for medium hydro plants, and pumped storage power plants.
The Kubansky Cascade hydropower plant complex, RusHydro’s subsidiary situated at the Kuban River, in the south of Russia, and extending for 235 km, includes eight hydro power plants and one pumped storage power plant, with a total original capacity of over 460 MW. The modernization by Alstom could ensure a capacity increase from 10 per cent to 20 per cent (up to 550 MW).