Power generation

In 2018, Russia continued to increase its electricity output which reached 1,091.7 billion kWh (+1.7%) and ranked Russia the fourth between the largest producers of electricity across the globe (after China, India and the USA).

Total installed capacity of Russian power system in 2018 increased by 2.8 GW (+1.1%) and reached 250 GW.

Total number of large power plants in Russia (with installed capacity higher than 5 MW each) amounted to 805. The structure of the installed capacity in the united power system remained practically unchanged since 2017: thermal power plants accounted for 68% of installed capacity, hydro power plants – 20%, nuclear power plants – 12%.

Total installed capacity and electricity output in Russia

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Source: Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation

Total investments in power generation and transmission in 2018 were Rub 714.6 billion (+0.6%). A number of new power units started operation in 2018, including nuclear, thermal and solar power units.

Russian energy companies continued construction of new power plants, such as Kursk-2 NPP, Leningrad-2 NPP, Novovoronezh-2 NPP, the world’s first floating nuclear co-generation plant named Akademik Lomonosov, Primorskaya TPP, Voronezh TPP (new 115 MW unit) and other facilities.

The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM also runs a number of projects on NPP construction abroad, such as: Akkuyu NPP in Turkey, Kudankulam NPP in India, Bushehr NPP in Iran, Belorusian NPP in Belarus, Tianwan -2 NPP in China and has a number of projects under negotiation.

Installed capacity by types of power plants

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Source: “System Operator of the United Power System” JSC

Electricity output by types of power plants

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Source: “System Operator of the United Power System” JSC