KYZYL (Tuva republic), September 26 (Itar-Tass) — Power engineers in Tuva have started to mount the wires on the 220 kV Kyzyl-Chadan power line that is currently under construction. “The commissioning of the new 240-km power transmission line will solve the problem of power shortage in the republic and significantly improve the reliability of electricity supply in the region with a population of 300 thousand,” the press service of the government of Tuva told Itar-Tass.
According to socio-economic development forecasts, electric power consumption in Tuva will increase 1.5-2 times by 2015 - up to 1.5 billion kW/h. After putting into operation of the 220 kV Kyzyl - Chadan power line it will be possible to increase the volume of electricity supply to Tuva. As a result, the current energy deficit would be reduced.
The project is implemented in three phases. Currently, active work is underway on the first 80-kilometre stretch that is planned to be commissioned later this year. The workers have installed 162 power transmission towers that makes 63 percent of the total number of towers at the first stage. The commissioning of the second section of 220 kV Kyzyl-Chadan overhead transmission line is scheduled for late 2012. Reconstruction of Tuva’s two major 220 kV substations - Kyzyl and Chadan that will increase the transformer capacity of the energy facilities will be carried out within the project.
“The new power transmission line that will connect these substations will be constructed with the use of towers made of strong frost proof steel with special anti-corrosion coating,” the republic’s government emphasised.
Currently, Tuva receives electricity from power generation in the neighbouring Khakassia republic and Krasnoyarsk Territory with which the republic is linked by the supergrid system.
The first 220 kV power transmission line was built in the republic in 1970. It stretches for 219 km from the Abaza town in the south of Khakassia to Tuva’s Ak-Dovurak and further for 70 km to the town of Chadan. The second 220 kV power transmission line that was 303 km long, connecting the capital of the Tuva republic Kyzyl with the village of Shushenskoye in the Krasnoyarsk Territory was built in 1986. The 220 kV power line that is under construction will make a ring connection with these grids that will significantly improve the reliability of electricity supply in the region.