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Diarmaid Fleming in Moscow

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  • Powerhouse after failure

    Catalogue of failure led to Russian hydro plant disasterSubscription

    8 October 2009Comments (1)

    Management failures and technical shortcomings were this week blamed for a hydropower plant disaster in Russia in August in which 75 people died.A turbine at the Sayano-Shushenskaya plant − the largest power-plant in Russia and the sixth-largest hydro station in the world − was ripped from its seating at 8.13am on 17 August.Within seconds, a deluge of water began flooding the facility’s turbine hall and engine rooms, causing a transformer explosion and short circuiting, cripplin