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MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Rostec United Engine Corporation announced the production of the first mass-produced 110-megawatt gas turbine, the previous model of which failed to be tested several years ago.
UEC has manufactured a serial gas turbine GTD-110M, Rostec said on Wednesday.
“The unit has been successfully tested at the Ivanovskie PGU and will be transferred to the Udarnaya TPP in the Krasnodar Territory,” the report says.
From 2024, UEC plans to produce two turbines annually.
“This is the first domestic high-power turbine, which is embodied in hardware and has reached the stage of mass production. It is focused primarily on the domestic market and is designed to replace foreign turbines that are not supplied to the country due to sanctions,” said Vladimir Artyakov, First Deputy General Director of Rostec, whose words are quoted in the message.
Rostec estimates the demand for turbines from energy companies at several dozen and expects that the 110M unit will become the basis for the modernization of Russian power plants. The units will be serviced by UEC-High Power Turbines.
Russia has been trying for several years to establish the production of its own gas turbines of medium and high power. The first attempt to create such a product was in the 1990s and early 2000s on the basis of the Saturn plant (UEC), from which several turbines came out, but they required refinement, and serial production did not begin.
The project was revived in 2012 by a joint venture between UEC, InterRAO and Rosnano, but the prototype of the upgraded turbine fell apart during testing at the end of 2017. The participants called the accident not fatal for the project and work on it was continued.
After the scandal with the “Crimean turbines” of the German Siemens, the Russian Federation accelerated work on import substitution of gas turbines with a capacity of 65-170 megawatts, the Silmash concern of Alexei Mordashov began work on his machine to replace Siemens.
In December 2022, Silmash announced the completion of the assembly and testing of the prototype of the Russian high-capacity gas turbine GTE-170, intending to produce up to eight such machines per year from 2025.
Before that, new gas power plants in the Russian Federation were built on turbines of foreign manufacturers, mainly Siemens, GE, Alstom, which, after Moscow launched a “special operation” in Ukraine, announced their withdrawal from the Russian market or suspension of activities, which complicated the process of servicing such stations. (Anastasia Lyrchikova. Editor Dmitry Antonov)