Beryozovsk power plant behind administrative building
|Location||Sharypovo, Krasnoyarsk Krai|
|Thermal power station|
|Units operational||3 x 800 MW|
|Make and model||LMZ|
|Nameplate capacity||2,400 MW|
|Annual net output||8,000 GWh|
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Beryozovskaya GRES is a coal-fired power plant near the town of Sharypovo in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. The power plant is owned by Unipro. The installed capacity of the plant is 1,600 megawatts (2,100,000 hp).
The Beryozovskaya power plant provides extra electricity for the Russian power grid during winter, when electrical demand peaks. In other seasons the average load of the power plant is below half its capacity as the Central Siberian region uses several more efficient hydro power plants. The production cost for one kilowatt-hour by station is close to US$0.01, and the annual production can be over 10,000 gigawatt-hours (36,000 TJ).
The lignite used by the power plant belongs to Kansk-Achinsk basin with total reserves 600 bn tonne, one third of it is available for surface mining. The plant uses coal from a field with proved reserves of 3.7 bn tonne, which is 14 km away. The transportation of this fuel from the pit to power plant uses a transporter line, which is capable of transferring up to 40 mn tonne of coal annually.
Production has grown in last years and there are plans to develop the station by adding new generators. The power plant also performs centralized heat supply. For self-cooling purposes it uses reservoir, which holds back the river Beresh (Chulym basin), instead of applying cooling towers.
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According to original Soviet project the final installed capacity of the power plant should be 6,400 GW with eight 800 MW generators. The construction of Beryozovskaya GRES began in 1970, its first two generators were commissioned in 1990. Mounting of the chimney was completed in 1985, its height is 370 m.
As of 2010 year, the power plant is undergoing modernization program, which must improve efficiency and output of existing generators. According to plans of OGK-4, capacity of station will raise to 1,600 MW in 2011. Also construction of third unit with 800 MW continues and should be accomplished in 2016. Company develops network of pipelines in the region for centralized heat supply to localities around.