Geothermal power plant in Kamchatka

Picture story José Yero


Pauzhetskaya Geothermal Power. The very first in the USSR. Almost at the very, very south of the Kamchatka peninsula.

A bit of theory from the captain Education: Geothermal Power Plant (Geothermal) — power plant that produces electric power from underground heat sources from the natural heat of the planet. As heat is supplied or wells in the form of vapor or in the form of hot water. In volcanic areas, whom without a shadow of a doubt the Kamchatka, ground water heated above the boiling point at relatively shallow depths. Through cracks in the earth’s crust, water (steam) rises to the surface, manifesting itself in the form of geysers or simply as a "steaming" of the land.
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"Work" field of geothermal power station — a network of wells. Some of them work, others — experimental, and others — are clogged, and so on. From several of these hot steam is fed through conduit for steam turbines installed in the machine station. The turbine spins a generator. Generated electricity. Electricity and hot water (condensate formed in the process) is delivered to consumers. Everyone is happy.2.

The avoidance of doubt, the direction of movement indicated by a pair of special markers.
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Hot steam is not very useful for pipelines because of different salts, acids, and other hydrogen sulfide. Part of the condensate is separated at once, creating amazing "acid" of the river.
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Excite homegrown Internet environmentalists, just in case I report — 50 m downstream of the creek people bathe in it. It is not a waste. This is natural. It is helpful. Unless you are a steel pipe, of course.
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And it’s the same stream.
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If we ignore the buzzing emitting steam pipes, you can see how beautiful it around.
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Universal phantasmagoric picture complements the look of some of the equipment.
Mountains, volcanoes, steam from the earth, jungle heat, regular oziranie around in search of bears, plus similar piece of iron — so it’s just another planet.
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A small field of steaming gurgling failures. Not the famous Valley of Geysers, but still interesting. In a previous post suggested that it seems to be called "fumaroles".
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Live, it looks like this:


If you fail — will not find. At least — scalded.
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Clay is like too something useful. When we arrived, a group of cheerful people recklessly digged yourself a little sticky hot subsurface. In the evening another 2 cars tourists were there too — with my camera, shovels, etc.
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One of the sealed wells.
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Similarly, another planet. Kindzadza jungle.
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And it already can see the power plant building itself.
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The closer to the geothermal power plant — the more land "is packed full of" old iron and equipmen
t. In addition to pipes and valves begin dating, motors, pumps, parts of cars and tracked vehicles. The natives, old-timers say tyschah bulldozers, drowned in the mud during the Soviet era in the development of the field. Scrap it does not take out — the sea is expensive and there are no roads.
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The building itself is a geothermal power plant. Scary, unpretentious. Exceptional functionality. No glamorous aesthetic.
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Speaking of bears. Despite assurances and intimidation, I have them and have not seen (sadness). The only consolation — that those marks on the pipe near the station. But the locals are very well rage against brazen beast. The fact that the station is in the middle of the reserve. Kill the bear — cognizable case. Bears also currently has bred a lot, they quietly walk at night through the village station. Sometimes come in the afternoon. Blunt safety rule — at night without urgent necessity not to go out into the street. Day — to look around, listen, if possible to move at least 2 people. Working to deter issued hand flares. Something like this.
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Minute of rock art.
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Well himself inside the station control room. It’s almost the same as in hydroelectric power stations. But the noise of the equipment to an order of magnitude smaller. that’s all the difference. And so — the same pipe, fittings, valves, cables, sensors, electronics, etc.
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Here is an interesting production on the very edge of our immense.
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