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Business news, 12.01.2005 13:52

Siloviye Mashiny Modernizes Turbine in Turkmenistan

Siloviye Machiny in Turkmenistan OAO Siloviye Mashiny (St Petersburg) and Turkmenistan's power and industry ministry have signed a contract to modernize one of the eight turbines at the Maryiskaya state regional electric power plant (SRPP) in Turkmenistan. The cost of the contract is $13.3 million, said the press service of the enterprise.

The equipment for the Maryiskaya SRPP was manufactured and supplied by a Siloviye Mashiny affiliate - the Leningrad Metal Works early in the 1970s. At present it has practically outlived its life span.

Under the terms of the contract, Siloviye will modernize the high-, medium- and low-pressure cylinders of the 200 MW turbine and also inspect the turbogenerators to determine the technical possibility of extending their service life.

In addition, the contract provides for the delivery of a set of spare parts to guarantee scheduled maintenance of the equipment. Also being considered is the question of replacing turbogenerator excitation systems of the plant with appropriate systems made by the "Elekrosila" affiliate.

Specialists of the concern have already embarked on the work of modernizing equipment and plan to complete it in October 2005. Following the modernization the capacity of the generating sets will grow to 223 MW, which will make it possible both to reliably supply electric power to yearly-growing internal requirements of the Central Asian republic and to export it.

The project is being implemented as part of an agreement between the governments of Turkmenistan and St Petersburg on economic, scientific, technological, and cultural cooperation, signed in February of 2004 in the course of the visit to Turkmenistan by a Russian delegation led by St Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko. Under the agreement, work will be financed with the funds of the power and industry ministry.

The Maryiskaya SRPP is situated in the southeast of Turkmenistan and is the republic's largestthermal power plant. The plant operates on the Shatlyk gas deposit. The installed capacity of the Maryiskaya SRPP is 1,250 MW. The plant generates more than 80% of all electricity in the republic.

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