Gas-fired combined cycle plant to power Siberia with 1,250 MW

Fortum Oyj’s Nyagan GRES natural gas-fired power plant was recently opened in western Siberia. Russian president Vladimir Putin and Finnish president Sauli Niinisto officially inaugurated the plant. Upon completion, Nyagan GRES will consist of three combine-cycle units utilizing energy-efficient gas turbine technology with a total rated capacity of 1,250 MW.

(Nyagan GRES natural gas-fired power plant uses gas turbine technology)

The Nyagan 1 unit began commercial operations in March 2013 and has been certified to exceed a capacity of 420 MW. Nyagan 2 is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2013, followed by Nyagan 3 at the end of 2014. The city of Nyagan is located in the North Urals in Khanty-Mansi, about 2,500 kilometers northeast of Moscow. The Arctic Circle is less than 500 kilometers away. While conditions for the plant may be challenging due to extreme temperatures in the region, Fortum said the power plant is in a favorable location in terms of the development of the region’s energy system.

Fortum's CFO Markus Rauramo said the Nyagan power plant has the potential to bring significant value for the Russian economy. “It is the largest ever investment from Finland to Russia, and one of its kind in Russian thermal power generation.  Today, we are producing electricity equaling the consumption of over 7 million Russian households in our power plants in the Urals and Western Siberia.”