Russian power generator RusHydro (MCX:HYDR) has initiated construction work on a couple of small hydropower plants totalling 49.8 MW on Kuban river in Karachay-Cherkessia Republic.
The Krasnogorskaya-1 and Krasnogorskaya-2 plants, each with a capacity of 24.9 MW, are being built downstream from RusHydro’s hydrid Zelenchukskaya hydro and pumped storage power plant and are expected to be commissioned in 2021-2022. The two new facilities have capacity supply agreements (DPM) in place that guarantee project profitability.
RusHydro said that the new plants will improve the hydrological regime of Kuban River and thus increase the limitations on capacity of Zelenchukskaya HPP-PSP that are currently set at 70 MW. On an annual basis, the regime optimisation will add 230 GWh to the output of the Kuban Cascade, RusHydro noted.
“Despite their small-scale these plants will have a significant positive impact on the power system of the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic,” commented Nikolay Shulginov, Chairman of the Management Board – General Director of RusHydro.