Geothermal energy in the Company is represented by operating power plants in Kamchatka (Pauzhetskaya GeoPP, Verkhne-Mutnovskaya GeoPP, Mutnovskaya GeoPP are a subsidiary of Kamchatskenergo PJSC) with a total capacity of 74 MW.
RusHydro includes 3 geothermal power plants in the Kamchatka:
Electric power from Mutnovsky geothermal plants is supplied to the Central load center of the Kamchatka territory. The share of GeoPPs in the total power consumption of the load center is about 30%. The feature of electric power generation at geothermal plants is the absence of organic fuel in the process cycle: geothermal fluid extracted from the wells of the Pauzhetsky and Mutnovsky fields of steam hydrothermaes is used as an energy carrier.
The complex of geothermal power plants allows for reducing the region's dependence on expensive imported fuel, increasing the reliability of energy supply to consumers, and improving the environmental situation.
Pauzhetskaya GeoPP is the first geothermal power plant in Russia, was put into operation in 1966, the main producer of electric power and partially heat for life support of the South of the Kamchatka Peninsula-the Ozernovsky, Pauzhetka and Zaporozhye settlements. It is the main source of electric power for the population, fish processing plants and agriculture in an isolated energy area. The plant is located at the Kambalny field of steam hydrothermaes.
Mutnovskaya GeoPP-1 started operating in 2002, has no analogues in Russia and is one of the most modern geothermal power plants in the world. When designing the plant, domestic and foreign achievements in the field of electric power industry were taken into account.
Verkhne-Mutnovskaya pilot-industrial GeoPP, built in 1999, was conceived as a pilot project for the development of the Mutnovsky geothermal field to confirm the technical feasibility and economic feasibility of obtaining electricity from a geothermal heat carrier.