23 February 2010 – Sheffield Forgemasters of the UK is to supply shafts for three replacement turbine units being supplied to the 6.4 GW Sayano-Shushenskaya power plant in Siberia, which was partially destroyed by a fatal explosion last year.
Six of the project’s turbines were damaged beyond repair during the incident in August 2009, when 75 people were killed. The 100-tonne shafts are to be supplied before the autumn, and work on the GBP1.6m ($2.5m) order has begun.
Volker Schaffer, sales director of Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering, said: “Rebuilding the plant is a massive job but it is such an important producer of energy, particularly as a supplier to the aluminium industry, that the Russian government is keen to have it operational again as quickly as possible.
“This lends an element of urgency to the order and we have already started work on the shafts and fully expect to complete them in good time. We are hopeful that we may be asked to provide more shafts as and when work starts on rebuilding the remaining turbine units.”