Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant

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Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant
Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant Armenia 03.jpg
Hrazdan TPP view
Official nameՀրազդանի պետական շրջանային էլեկտրակայան
CountryArmenia
LocationHrazdan
Coordinates40°33′56″N 44°45′03″E / 40.56556°N 44.75083°E / 40.56556; 44.75083Coordinates: 40°33′56″N 44°45′03″E / 40.56556°N 44.75083°E / 40.56556; 44.75083
StatusOperational
Construction began1963
Commission date1966
Owner(s)Hrazdan Energy Company (RazTES, units 1–4)
Gazprom Armenia (unit 5)
Operator(s)Hrazdan Energy Company (RazTES, units 1–4)
Gazprom Armenia (unit 5)
Thermal power station
Primary fuelNatural gas
Secondary fuelFuel oil
Cooling sourceHrazdan River
Cogeneration?Yes
Power generation
Units operational2 X 50 MW (unit 1)
2 X 100 MW (unit 2)
3 X 200 MW (unit 3)
1 X 210 MW (unit 4)
1 X 480 MW (unit 5)
Make and modelEPC: Teploenergostroymontaj
Units cancelled3 X 300 MW
Nameplate capacity1,110 MW (units 1-4)
480 MW (unit 5)
External links
Websitewww.raztes.am/eng/
CommonsRelated media on Commons

Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant (Hrazdan TPP, Armenian: Հրազդանի ջերմաէլեկտրակայան) is a natural gas-fired power plant in the north-western part of Hrazdan in Armenia. It is one of the largest power plants in Armenia. This power plant was built in 1963–1974, and the first unit became operational in 1966. In 2013, a new unit was added. Four older units of the plant are owned and operated by the Hrazdan Energy Company, a subsidiary of Inter RAO UES, while the new fifth unit is owned and operated by Gazprom Armenia.

History[edit]

HTPP was envisioned as a power plant to serve the entire South Caucasus, including Armenia. Construction began in 1963, and the plant became functional in 1966, with two turbines with a total capacity up to 100 MW. By 1969 two PT-100-130 type turbines of type "T-100-130" of the unit 2 started to operate, increasing heat distribution to 560 kcal/h (650 MW) and overall capacity to up to 300 MW. In 1974, the first block was combined with a second in close proximity, which had a capacity of 810 MW in four condensing power-generating units. The new Hrazdan State Regional Power Plant (SRPP) became, with 1110 MW total power, the most powerful power plant of Armenia of those times.

During its peak in the 1980s, the HTPP generated 6.85 TWh annually, with 7,300 hours (83%) clocked at total capacity. Between 1963 and the end of 2004, it produced 143 TWh electricity, but 12.3 Gcal/h energy in the form of heat.

In 2003, the HTPP was passed to Russian Federation to pay off the Armenian debt which was approximately US$31 million. The shares of the Hrazdan Energy Company went to the Federal Agency for State Property Management of Russia. In July 2009, all stocks minus one share were acquired by the RUssian state-owned holding company Rosneftegaz. In May 2011, all shares were bought by Inter RAO UES.[1] In 2015, Inter RAO UES sold the Hrazdan Energy Company to Cyprus-registered Liormand Holdings Limited, a part of Tashir Group owned by Samvel Karapetyan.[2][3] The deal will become fully in force in 2017.[4]

In 1986, the plan of construction of four additional units (units 5–8) with a power generation capacity of 300 MW each was announced. Construction started in 1987, however, due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union the construction works were halted. In 2006, the assets of the incomplete unit 5 was sold to Armrosgazprom (now: Gazprom Armenia).[5] The unit 5 as an independent power plant started operating in a pilot mode in January 2012, and since December 2013, it is in the commercial operation.[6]

Technical description (units 1–4)[edit]

Located 1,715–1,730 metres (5,627–5,676 ft) above sea level close to the junction of the Hrazdan River and Marmarik River, the power plant was built to accommodate inconstant and severe climate conditions.

Five oil and gas boilers are used to power four co-generation turbines, two of model PT-50-130/7 and two of model T-100-130. T-100-130 turbines have a capacity twice as big as of model PT-50-130/7, 100 MW of capacity. The plant boasts five evaporative cooling towers and six feed pumps.

The block part of the power plant consists of four power generator units, model TFM-104C gas and oil boilers with capacity of 670 t/h. TDC-250000/220 transformers connect two turbo-generators (TGV-200-2MUZ (Block No. 1) and TGV-200M (Blocks No. 2, 3, 4)) of 15.75 kV of voltage to 220 kV voltage circuit. The overall capacity is 810 MW.

The HTPP is considered[by whom?] as one of the most environmentally friendly non-nuclear TPPs in Armenia. In the aim of excluding any possibility of water loss connected with evaporation, specially devised cooling system is used for cooling condensers in the four blocks. The cooling system, which was developed in Hungary by the firm Heller, has closed water circuit which gives an opportunity to use little natural water.

At the time when the coolers were being constructed, aluminum radiators were used as heat exchangers to cool down the circulating water which heats up in the condensers. The key part which enables the usage of resources is the placement of the radiators, which are located along the edge of the 120-metre (390 ft) cooling towers. Natural traction brings cooling air to the four towers. Heat loss is minimized by the use of chemically desalinated water in the closed circuit of cooling, which enables the usage of mixing condensers instead of surface condensers. This also reduces maintenance.

Since 1993, the HTTP has used natural gas as its primary fuel, relying on oil as a reserve, a reversal of its earlier pattern. A gas distributing station and gas grid carry gas to gas control points throughout the plant.

Technical description (unit 5)[edit]

The fifth block's construction was directly connected to the Iran–Armenia gas pipeline construction, which has a vital strategic importance for Armenia. Particularly, according to the agreement, the energy produced in Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant's 5th energy block is exported to Iranian energy system and serves as a means of paying for natural gas imported from Iran.

Total of $465.2 million were spent for the construction and modernization of fifth energy block. For the construction of Hrazdan-5 different types of turbines were used, which work with steam and gas. The combination of these turbines makes this plant unique not only in the region, but also in the world.[how?] The use of this technology enables the block to have a power of 480 MW. The new technology of production enables the use of 278 gram of gas to produce 1 kWh energy, which reduces the cost of production. The construction was done by Gazprom Armenia.

Role[edit]

80% of the electricity in Armenia is produced by four major energy producing companies, the Metsamor NPP, the Hrazdan TPP, the Sevan–Hrazdan Cascade, and the Vorotan Cascade. The HTPP is a balancing station providing energy in the case of deficit or shut down of the Metsamor nuclear facility, which is the primary source of power in Armenia. It closes for two to three months each year for maintenance and refueling, and HTPP steps in to meet consumer needs. The HTPP has also a big role in the export of electricity.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Armenian Regulators Approve Transfer Of Hrazdan Power Plant To Inter". Interfax. 2011-05-11. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  2. ^ "PSRC approves sale of Hrazdan power plant". PanARMENIAN.Net. 2015-10-09. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  3. ^ "Tashir Group to Acquire Hrazdan Power Plant in Armenia". Asbarez. ARKA. 2015-10-06. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  4. ^ "Zhamanak: ENA Company sold completely on contract". Panorama.am. 2015-12-04. Archived from the original on 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  5. ^ "Modernization of Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant Unit No.5 with Installation of Gas Turbine Unit(S) in Armenia". Armrosgazprom. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  6. ^ "ArmRusgasprom becomes Gazprom Armenia". Armenpress. 2014-01-17. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-12.

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