The dam may break: the expert spoke about the risks of the Nizhny Novgorod hydroelectric station

Scientific Director of the Institute of Water Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor economic Viktor Danilov-Danilyan, spoke in the Federation Council of Russia about the threat of destruction of the Gorky dam of the Nizhny Novgorod hydroelectric power station (PJSC "RusHydro"). It turns out that at this important infrastructure facility, which was commissioned in 1956 (construction began in 1948), no structures were provided for and built for its sustainability.

We are dealing with a system that is fraught with such errors and consequences. Without support from below, respectively, at the level of 68 meters, there is no certainty that this dam is stable

- said Danilov-Danilyan.

The dam may break: the expert spoke about the risks of the Nizhny Novgorod hydroelectric station

The scientist noted that the threat arose due to the fact that the Cheboksary reservoir was not completed according to the initial project. Consequently, the Gorky Dam turned out to be the necessary backwater, which was originally implied. In his opinion, there are two ways to rectify the situation. The first is to complete the Cheboksary hydroelectric facility (GU). The second is to build a low-pressure power unit on the border of the Balakhninsky district of the Nizhny Novgorod region and the Sormovsky district of Nizhny Novgorod (this will simultaneously solve the problem of shipping).

It should be recalled that in August 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about stimulating river transport. Moreover, the head of state instructed the government to provide funds in the federal budget for 2017-2020 to finance the project to create the Nizhny Novgorod low-pressure GU on the Volga.

It should be added that the above question was raised in connection with the recent disaster in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. On October 19, 2019 there was a breakthrough of five dams at the gold mining enterprise. As a result, 15 people were killed.
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  1. oracul Offline oracul
    oracul (leonid) 21 October 2019 19: 25
    Something painfully hurled in time at the uv. Danilov-Danilyan. The problems of the Volga cascade are well-known (fortunately, my wife and I traveled along it many years ago), and it is up to scientists to seek a solution to these problems.
  2. DPN Offline DPN
    DPN (DPN) 22 October 2019 23: 12
    CCC R was gone and all plans disappeared in the summer, under the Cheboksary hydroelectric station, the banks were strengthened, embankments were built, which were simply overgrown with bushes and trees. Perhaps in our country there is simply an overabundance of electricity. We are accustomed to first bring matters to catastrophes, and then the whole world to fight them, and most importantly - the money is right away.