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Fortum starts commercial operation of Chelyabinsk GRES unit 3

Fortum has started commercial operations of new combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) unit with 247.5MW of electricity generation capacity and 174MW of heat capacity at the Chelyabinsk GRES power plant.

The new turbine will replace the old eight turbine generators in the power plant, which was originally commissioned 87 years ago.

"The replacement project improves our security of supply in the Chelyabinsk heat system and significantly reduces emissions," says Alexander Chuvaev, Executive Vice President, Russia Division for Fortum.

Fortum concluded its Russian investment program with the commissioning of two CCGT units of Chelyabinsk GRES in 2015-2016. In total, the investment program comprised of eight power units with a combined capacity of over two gigawatts in the Chelyabinsk and Tyumen regions. The return on invested capital for new capacity built under the investment programme is covered under the capacity supply agreements (CSA).

The total electricity generation capacity of Fortum's Chelyabinsk GRES is 742 MW, and heat capacity 988 MW.