Fortum has commenced commercial operations of the 424MW second unit at the Nyagan power plant in Russia and will start receiving capacity payments for the unit as of 1 December 2013 along with revenues from electricity sales to the wholesale market.
The plant, which will feature three combine-cycle units utilising energy-efficient gas turbine technology, will have a total power generation capacity of more than 1,250MW and its annual production is estimated to be around 9.8TWh, enough to power about 3.1 million Russian households.
The plant's first unit, Nyagan 1, has been in commercial operation since 1 April 2013, while the construction of Nyagan 3 is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.
Fortum Russia Division executive vice-president Alexander Chuvaev said the company has already commissioned the second large unit under its investment programme this year.
Chuvaev said, "With Nyagan 2, more than 60% of the new and efficient power generation capacity we have committed to build is now in production.
"The parties' commitment to maintain obligations under the CSA serves as a significant indicator of the investment climate, not only in the power sector but the country as a whole."
The Nyagan plant, which is being built in the town of Nyagan in Western-Siberia, is part of the company's 2,400MW investment programme in Russia.
Covered by capacity supply agreements, the programme consists of eight gas-fired units, five of which have now been commissioned and construction of all units is set to be finalised by the end of 2014.
Earlier Russian engineering company E4 Group was selected as the contractor for construction works and is also responsible for delivery, installation and commissioning of the main systems and equipment including cranes.
E4 Group had purchased three turbine hall cranes (one for each unit) from Konecranes with a 370t lifting capacity of main hoist.