Moscow, 31 July. Bureyskaya HPP located in the settlement of Talakan, Amurskaya Region, generated 51 million kWh of electricity in its first month of operation. Since 3 June 2003, when the first hydroelectric unit went on-load and comprehensive tests were started, Bureyskaya HPP has produced 66.5 million kWh of electricity.
The electricity generated by the power plant has been sold through the Federal Wholesale Electricity Market (FOREM).
All equipment has operated trouble-free throughout the period. After the launch of the first hydroelectric unit at Bureyskaya HPP, the reliability of the energy system has increased greatly, with voltage levels stabilized in the power grids of the south-west of Amurskaya Region.
The tariff set for Bureyskaya HPP by the Federal Energy Commission of the Russian Federation made it possible for the respective Regional Energy Commissions (RECs) to decide on tariff reductions in Primorsky Kray and Amurskaya Region. The tariff set for households in Primorsky Kray was reduced 10.5% effective 1 July 2003, whereas in Amurskaya Region, the tariffs for urban and rural households were set at 10 kopecks per kWh and 7 kopecks per kWh, respectively.
The Central Acceptance Committee signed the certificate of commissioning of the first hydroelectric unit at Bureyskaya HPP on 30 June 2003. The plant's second unit is scheduled for launch by the end of year 2003, with the entire project to be completed in 2007. Bureyskaya HPP will be the largest hydroelectric plant in the Far East of Russia. The power plant's installed capacity will be 2,000 MW, with the average annual output of 7.1 TWh. At present, all power plants in Russia's Far East generate 38 TWh of electricity annually. In 2004, Bureyskaya HPP will be able to produce 2.1 TWh of electricity.