Volkhov Hydroelectric Station
|Volkhov Hydroelectric Plant|
Volkhov hydroelectric plant
|Location||Volkhov, Leningrad Oblast|
|Dam and spillways|
|Installed capacity||86 MW|
|Annual generation||347 GWh|
Volkhov hydroelectric plant (Russian: Волховская ГЭС), named after V.I. Lenin, is a hydroelectric station on the Volkhov River located in the town of Volkhov, Leningrad Oblast, in northwestern Russia. It is the oldest and longest serving hydroelectric plant in Soviet Union and Russia. It is a part of the Ladoga cascade.
Construction work started in 1918. On September 16, 1921 it was included into a GOELRO plan. Genrikh Graftio, one of the founders of the plan, was in charge of the construction of the station. The plant was completed in 1927 with a capacity of 6,000 kilowatts.
In 1993—1996 3 hydroturbines were replaced by a new 12 MW units, other units are planned to be replaced in 2007—2010. After these replacements, the plant is estimated to achieve total power of 98 MW.