Urengoyskaya Thermal Power Plant

Location: Limbyayakha, Novy Urengoy, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Tyumen Oblast
Installed power generation capacity: 529,7 MW
Nominal heat output: 410 Gcal/h
Main fuel: natural gas
Backup fuel: fuel oil
Start of operation: August 28, 1987
Director: Nelyubin Mikhail Yuryevich

Urengoyskaya TPP operates in harsh environmental conditions and permafrost. It is the first stationary thermal power plant in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. In January, 2007, Urengoyskaya TPP started selling electricity in the New Wholesale Electricity Market (NWEM). Urengoyskaya TPP provides electricity to Yamal businesses and delivers heat to residential communities of Limbyayakha.

Urengoyskaya TPP was built between 1984 and 1987. In 1990 and 1992, two phases of pilot-backup CHPP were added to the plant. They were launched in August, 1990, and December, 1991, respectively. By 1992, the power plant was working at full capacity. Construction of Urengoyskaya TPP was put on hold in 1994 and resumed only in 2007. Construction of a new power generation unit started in 2008.

The first PGU-450 unit was commissioned on November 5, 2012. The new unit meets the latest environmental safety and power efficiency standards. It uses a combination of gas and steam turbine units in a combined cycle to produce additional heat and electricity thus increasing the overall energy efficiency. The new unit works with up to 52.5% efficiency, saving up to 20-25% of fuel compared to conventional steam power plants.. Its launch was a major step forward for Urengoyskaya TPP and the whole energy industry of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Tyumen Oblast including Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug is a part of Ural Federal District. With a population of 3.45 million, it is the 10th most populous region of Russia. Tyumen Oblast is the larger industrial producer in Russia. Energy industry is the largest sector of its economy with 86% share. Tyumen Oblast produces and processes a significant share of Russian oil and gas. It has a well-developed energy industry, with some of the largest power plants in Russia fueled by associated gas and providing energy to oil and gas industry of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug. Tyumen Oblast has very harsh environmental conditions, with 40% of its territory located in the Extreme North in arctic or subarctic climate zones. Only 3% of its territory are suitable for agriculture.