Verkhnetagilskaya Thermal Power Plant

Location: Verkhny Tagil, Sverdlovsk Oblast

Installed power generation capacity: 615 MW

Nominal heat output: 480 Gcal/h

Main fuel: natural gas, coal

Backup fuel: fuel oil

Start of operation: May 29, 1956

Director: Andrey Aleksandrovich Levitov

Located in the center of Middle Urals energy system, Verkhnetagilskaya TPP is a major provider of electricity in Sverdlovsk Oblast.

Construction of Verkhnetagilskaya TPP began in 1951. The first power generating unit was launched in 1956. Phases 1 through 3 were launched between 1956 and 1959; phase 4 was commissioned in 1960–1961; and phase 5—in 1962–1964. By 1964, the plant was working at its full project capacity of 1625 MW. Four condensing turbines were eventually upgraded to heat turbines in order to improve heat delivery to Verkhny Tagil and Novouralsk. We are planning to add a new PGU-420 unit in 2015. In 2011, the power plant was celebrating 55th anniversary of its first power generation unit. As of the end of 2012, this power plant generated more than 478 billion kWh of electricity.

The original purpose of this plant was to provide heat and electricity to Novouralsk Chemical Plant. But now the majority of electricity generated by the plant is distributed in Sverdlovsk Oblast. The plant generates more than 8 million kWh of electricity every year and heats Verkhny Tagil.

Verkhnetagilskaya TPP is planning to run a medium-term overhaul and upgrade program between 2012 and 2016. Environmental research is among the priorities of this program. Verkhnetagilskaya TPP is working on reducing emissions and industrial waste.

Sverdlovsk Oblast is the largest region in Urals Federal District. Its capital is Yekaterinburg. With a population of 4.3 million, it is the 5th most populous region in Russia. Sverdlovsk Oblast is one of the fastest-developing regions with large industrial enterprises, plenty of natural resources and strong academic potential. Its industry concentration is four times higher than national average. The strongest industries in the oblast are metallurgy and industrial machinery. Sverdlovsk Oblast has some of the richest reserves of natural resources. Strong industrial base and environmental conditions such as continental climate promote the development of heat and electric power industries.