Krasnoyarsk reservoir due to the abnormally dry summer and minor spring flooding was filled only to 37% of normal, according to journalists at a press briefing the head of the Yenisei Basin Water Management Vladimir boon.
According to him, the adverse weather conditions have meant that the level of inflow into the reservoir this year was the lowest on record since the end of the Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric dam — about 11.5 cubic kilometers in total usable capacity of 30 cubic kilometers.
"In the winter snow reserves were extremely low, as a result of the spring there were very low levels of inflow in the rivers of the Yenisei basin, respectively, and the inflow of the reservoir was 50% below normal. Plus in June, we established a dry and hot weather, had very little rain, "- said the blessing.
According to experts, rely on rainfall in autumn is not necessary, therefore, to fill the Krasnoyarsk reservoir to normal levels will be possible only in the spring. All this time, drain the dam station will be in power-saving mode that is guaranteed to meet the needs of hydropower and water supply systems.
Stocks of Sayano-Shushenskaya reservoir (located above on the Yenisei) Vladimir Blagov estimated at 80% of normal. This, he said, helped by the fact that in the downstream of the reservoir, in contrast to large-scale navigation Krasnoyarsk not so special drains to ensure safe navigation have been made.
Krasnoyarsk hydropower plant of installed capacity (6,000 MW) is the second largest in Russia and one of the ten largest hydro world. Controlling stake in the station belongs to Russia's largest private energy company JSC "EuroSibEnergo" (part of En + Group).