Reliability and Safety
Safety and reliability management system of hydraulic structures and equipment
Ensuring a reliable and safe operation of the energy facilities is a strategic overriding priority for the Company. By "reliability" RusHydro understands the ability of the equipment and hydraulic structures to function during their service life while maintaining the specified parameters. "Security" means provision of such conditions where there is no unacceptable risk associated with causing harm to human health, property of individuals and legal entities, state and municipal property and the environment.
Principles of the Safety and Reliability Management System of the hydraulic structures and equipment are:
Documents regulating management of safety and reliability of the hydraulic structures
A distinctive feature of the energy sector functioning in the Far East of Russia is the operation in conditions with temperature below 0°C (32°F) from 6 to 9 months per year, so an energy company should use the warmest time of the year to the maximum in order to prepare for the next autumn-winter period. The key step in summarizing the preparations for work in the autumn-winter period is getting the Readiness Passport for the autumn-winter period. The Readiness Passport is issued by a special commission consisting of representatives of federal authorities, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and is issued to energy companies upon completion of the audit of the planned activities implementation.
The main long-term challenge faced by the energy sector of the Far East is to overcome the aging trend and the accumulated depreciation of the equipment. More than half of all thermal power plants in the Far East were built more than 30 years ago and now are 55-85% worn out. Almost 3GW of generating capacity, including thermal capacity of ~2,800 Gcal/h are subject to decommissioning before 2025.
In order to compensate such a shortage, the construction of new thermal power generation facilities in the Amur, Khabarovsk and Primorye energy systems, as well as in isolated energy systems of Sakhalin, Chukotka and the Kamchatka Territory is provided as part of the RusHydro’s investment programs.
Functional subsystem of the Unified State Emergency Management System
In accordance with the Order No. 222 of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation of June 09, 2011, RusHydro Group has created a functional subsystem of the Unified State System for Preventing and Eliminating Emergency Situations integrated with the national state system.
The coordinating body of the subsystem - Commission for Prevention and Elimination of Emergencies and Fire Safety of the Company - is responsible for timely assessment of the situation and takes decisions on implementation of measures aimed at preventing emergencies.
The annual work plans of the Commission include measures for a safe passage of flood waters in the spring and summer, preparation for the autumn-winter peak of maximum loads, as well as for ensuring sustainable operation in the fire and thunderstorm periods.
Round-the-clock monitoring of the situation at the facilities, notification of detected violations in the equipment operation and conduction of priority measures to prevent the emergencies are provided by the day-to-day management of the functional subsystem of the Company: the operational duty shift of the Centre for Monitoring the Facilities’ Security and Operation Condition, as well as on-duty shifts of the operating staff of generating branches.
There are local information systems operating on 23 sites of the Group.
To prevent and eliminate emergencies, RusHydro has created reserves of material resources in the branches operating the hydraulic structures and the target reserve of financial resources in the Company. The target reserve of funds for the emergencies liquidation was established centrally in the interests of all objects of RusHydro in the amount of 1% of the average monthly revenue from the sale of electricity and capacity.
Occupational Safety Management System
The fundamental document laying down the principles of occupational safety at the workplaces in PJSC RusHydro is the Occupational Safety Policy. In accordance with the document, the Company's activities are aimed at creating of safe work places, as well as development of safe behaviour in industries and the skills to prevent dangerous situations. The company strives to reduce operational risks and the constantly improve the working conditions.
The main objectives of RusHydro Group in the field of occupational safety are as follows:
The Company's Occupational Safety Policy is approved by the order of PJSC RusHydro No. 372 of 20.04.2015. The document defines the priorities and obligations of JSC RusHydro:
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