The accident at Reftinskaya power plant left without light of inhabitants of several regions

Consumers energy Reftinskaya GRES-controlled energy holding company Enel Russia (subsidiary of Enel), on Monday, August 22, a few hours were left without electricity because of the accident at the plant. Power outage at 14:12 MSK totaled 342 MW, an increase by 14:28 GMT three times to 1.17 GW, reported the press service of the Ministry.

The accident caused a cascading outage in the unified energy system (UES), which led to a shortage of capacity 5.8 GW, indicates the Agency. According to estimates by rating Agency of an ACRE, which is about 5% of the capacity throughout Russia. This compares with a deficit of the energy system because of the accident at the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP, which occurred in August 2009.

But the consequences were not as dramatic — because of an emergency at Reftinskaya GRES in the household consumers of the Republic of Buryatia, the Altay and Transbaikalian edges, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and Omsk oblasts were left without electricity for a few hours. While outages from the electricity consumers of the Sverdlovsk region was not registered, according to local emergency management (the station itself is located in the Sverdlovsk region).

15:45 MSK managed to restore the supply in the Novosibirsk region, the Altai and Baikal territories. And around 18:00 GMT, the press service of the energy Ministry announced that it resumed electricity supply after an accident. “Currently, the work of the unified energy system is restored, the consequences of a breach to consumers fully neutralized”, — said the Director of external communications, FSK “UES” Dmitriy Klokov.

As reported in the Ministry of energy, day at the power plant was the destruction of the capacitor connection with the discharge of oil and fire. As a result of accident nobody suffered, the place of the accident are carried out emergency repair work. The main plant equipment (power units) are also not affected, the message “Enel Russia”.

Because of the accident at Reftinskaya GRES, one of Russia’s largest producers of polymers “Tomskneftekhim” controlled by “SIBUR” was forced to stop production, reported “Interfax” citing a source in the industry. The representative of “SIBUR” it is confirmed . According to him, at the site of the plant there have been no incidents and risks to people and the environment: “Maximum allowable emission standards are not exceeded”. According to him, at 19:00 Moscow time the electricity supply was restored, “Tomskneftekhim” partially resumed work. The source did not comment on whether the company plans to claim GRES because of the accident.

Also power failures occurred on two of the Kuzbass coal mines in the Kemerovo region, oil production in enterprises of LUKOIL, and also caused disruptions of trains, have informed “Interfax”. The representative of “Enel Russia” has confirmed a crash at the enterprises oil company (in a press-service of LUKOIL declined to comment. The Russian Railways representative said only that “the movement of trains is carried out in a regular mode”.

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Reftinskaya GRES (power of 3.8 GW) is one of the largest power plants of the Urals and is located in the first pricing zone, but the accident resulted in the largest increase of capacity prices observed in the second price zone — Siberia, it was 25%, compared to 21 August, the analyst said ACRE Natalya Porokhova. According to her, this may be due to common volatility in prices in the second pricing zone in comparison with the first.

In April, the newspaper “Kommersant” with reference to sources wrote that Enel plans to sell all of its Russian assets (which controls four GRES). However, the press service of the company confirmed that it plans to sell only Reftinskaya GRES, although the final decision is still pending. A month later, the sources of “Vedomosti” said that the plant is interested in “inter RAO”. According to them, Enel asked for their asset 13-15 billion rubles.

News about accidents always have a negative impact on the valuation of the stations, says Porokhova. However, unclear consequences, the seriousness of the incident and repair time. Unless special restrictions for the supply of electricity, serious impact on the price will not be, she adds. There is no reason to believe that this incident is “solely of an operational nature” can influence the sale process confirmed to the representative of “Enel Russia”. However, the representative of “inter RAO” and another potential contender to the station “Gazprom energoholding” said not interested in the asset.

In the case of property plant insured, then the owners can bring claims to the national Union of liability insurers (NALI) or make a claim for payment to the insurance company if there was a break in production or an accident, said the representative of “AlfaStrakhovanie” Yuri Nahaychuk. He said that payment within the framework of compulsory insurance of dangerous objects in this case does not occur as it was not affected.

The representative of “Enel Russia” reported that the Reftinskaya GRES and insured in case of accident, and in the framework of compulsory insurance. But the size of the possible payments by the insurer, he said.

With the participation of Marina Bozhko