RusHydro Group announces 4Q and FY2018 operating results
January 31, 2019. Moscow, Russia. PJSC RusHydro (ticker symbol: MICEX-RTS, LSE: HYDR; OTCQX: RSHYY) announces operating results for the 4th quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018, of the parent company and the subsidiaries of RusHydro Group reflected in consolidated financial statements.
Installed electric capacity of RusHydro Group, MW
Installed heat capacity of RusHydro Group, Gcal
Electricity generation by the plants of RusHydro Group, GWh
The underlying factors of the production change in 2018 were:
Center of Russia
In the first quarter of 2018, water inflow to most of the reservoirs on Volga and Kama was 1.2-2.5x higher than normal. Total water inflow to the reservoirs of the Volga-Kama cascade reached 38.7 km3 (normal level - 21.3 km3).
Flooding inflows to most of the reservoirs on the Volga-Kama cascade in the second quarter was close to the long-run average. Total inflow to reservoirs on Volga and Kama in the second quarter was close to normal level, at 153 km3 against the long-run average of 161 km3.
In the third quarter of the year, total water inflow to the reservoirs of the Volga-Kama cascade was 37.2 km3 (normal level – 37.0 km3).
In the fourth quarter, water inflow to the majority of the reservoirs on the Volga-Kama cascade was 70-110% that of the normal level. Water inflow to Uglichskoye reservoir was 55% below the normal level, to Kuybishevskoye and Kamskoye reservoirs – 30-35% above the normal level. Total water inflow to the reservoirs of the Volga-Kama cascade was 38.5 km3 (normal level – 36.6 km3).
Total production by the hydropower plants of Volga-Kama cascade, operated by RusHydro group, and Zagorskaya pumped storage in the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased by 17.9% against the same figure of 2017 to 8,854 GWh (record production as a result of high water inflows in 4Q 2017), in 2018 – decreased by 4.9% to 44,682 GWh.
South of Russia and North Caucasus
Hydropower plants of the North Caucasus were operating under hydrological conditions close to the long-run average in the first half of 2018. The third quarter of the year saw production increase by the power plants of the Dagestan branch on the back of increased rainfall and higher than expected water inflows.
The electricity generation by the hydropower plants of the South of Russia and North Caucasus in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by 20.0% compared to the corresponding period last year to 1,345 GWh, in 2018 electricity generation increased by 9.1% to 7,447 GWh.
Water inflow to the reservoirs in Siberia in the first quarter of 2018 was higher than normal level: inflow to Sayano-Shushenskoe reservoir and Novosibirskaya HPP was higher by 20% and 15%, respectively.
In the second quarter of the year, the inflows to Siberian rivers was predominantly close to the long-run average with the exception of Novosibirskoye reservoir, where water inflow was 10% above the long-run average.
Water inflows to the reservoirs on the Yenisei and Angara rivers were for the most part close to the normal level in the third quarter. Nonetheless, in August, water inflow to Sayano-Shushenskoye reservoir was 8% higher than normal. As a result, the plant has produced 3,490 GWh, an all-time high amount of electricity. In September, water inflow to Sayano-Shushenskoye reservoir was 9% higher than normal. Thanks to favorable hydrological conditions, the facility has produced a record 2,950 GWh.
In the fourth quarter of the year, water inflows to most reservoirs on the Siberian rivers was 125-130% that of the normal level.
Total electricity generation by RusHydro’s Siberian hydropower plants in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by 8.6% to 7,305 GWh as compared to the corresponding period last year, in 2018 – increased by 16.4% to 29,544 GWh. The Boguchanskaya hydropower plant in the fourth quarter of 2018 generated 3,324 GWh, an increase of 17.7% y-o-y, in 2018 – 13,610 GWh (an increase of 2.4% over the same period last year).
Water inflow to Zeyskoe reservoir in the first quarter was 20% higher than the long-run average and to Kolymskaya HPP - 35% above the long-run average.
Water inflow to Kolymskoye reservoir in May, unlike Zeyskoye and Bureyskoye, was three times the normal level on the back of ample snow. In June, water inflows were above the normal level as well.
In the second quarter of 2018 water inflow to Zeyskoye reservoir was 35% below the normal level, while inflows to Kolymskoye reservoir was 60% above the long-run average.
In the third quarter of the year, total water inflow was close to the long-run average.
Water inflows to the reservoirs in the Far East in the fourth quarter were 25-30% above the normal level. Water inflow to Kolymskoye reservoir was 40% above the normal level, while inflow to Zeyskoye reservoir was 15% below normal.
Total electricity generated by hydro and geothermal power plants of the Far East in the fourth quarter of 2018, decreased by 6.2% to 3,549 GWh as compared to the corresponding period last year, in 2018 the HPPs in the Far East generated 14,067 GWh, a decrease of 2.9% against the same period of previous year.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, generating assets of RAO ES of East Subgroup, a subsidiary of RusHydro, produced 9,915 GWh, or 0.3% lower than in the fourth quarter of 2017. Of this total, 75% was generated by JSC Far East Generating Company (DGK), which decreased production by 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Electricity production by RAO ES of East Subgroup increased by 5.0% (to 34,464 GWh) following a decrease in production by HPPs operating in United Power System of the East as compared to 2017 as well as increase in consumption in the region by 3.7%
In 2018, heat output by thermal plants of RAO ES of East decreased by 0.9% to 29,650 thousand GCal as compared to 2017. The decrease came on the back of higher temperatures in all the regions of the Far East with an exception of Kamchatka. In the fourth quarter of 2018 heat output decreased by 10.2% to 10,077 thousand GCal as a result of higher air temperatures air temperatures in all the regions of the Far East with an exception of Chukotka.
Heat output by thermal plants of RAO ES of East, ths. GCal
Electricity generation by the Sevan-Hrazdan cascade of hydropower plants in Armenia decreased by 11.5% in 2018 and amounted 412 GWh as compared to the corresponding period last year. The power generation by the plants of the cascade is dependent on water inflows of the Hrazdan river and water releases from Sevan Lake.
Total electricity output by RusHydro Group’s energy retail companies in 2018 decreased by 3.7% to 49,012 GWh as compared to 2017.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, total electricity output by energy retail companies of ESC RusHydro subgroup – JSC ESC RusHydro, PJSC Krasnoyarskenergosbyt, JSC Chuvashskaya Electricity Sales Company and PJSC Ryazanenergosbyt, amounted to 5,567 GWh, a 3.8% decrease as compared to the same period of 2017. In 2018, output decreased by 2.2% as compared to the corresponding period last year and amounted to 20,273 GWh.
Increase in output by PJSC Krasnoyarsenergosbyt in 2018 is driven by extension of heating season in the Krasnoyarskiy Krai until May 31, 2018 as well as commissioning of new residential property. Electricity output of JSC Chuvashkaya Electricity Sales Company came on the back of climate conditions, commissioning of new residential property.
Decrease in output by PJSC Ryazanenergosbyt in 2018 is a result of cancellation of service with Gardian Steklo Ryazan production company, CJSC Mikhailovtsement (Eurocement Group) and LLC Technoplex (TechnoNICOL Corporation). Negative performance of ESC RusHydro came on the back of cancellation of service agreements with OJSC Kaustik (JSC Bashkir Soda Company Group), LLC Koronoshpan Bashkortostan, PJSC BAZ (JSC OMK), LLC Serebryasnkiy Cement Factory (BazelCement).
Electricity output by PJSC DEK (energy retail company operating in the Primorskiy Krai, Khabarovskiy Krai, Amur region and Jewish Autonomous region, the main supplier of electricity to the population in the second non-price zone of the wholesale energy market) in the fourth quarter decreased by 10.3% to 5,918 GWh as compared to the same period of 2017, in 2018 – decreased by 8.6% to 20,913 GWh. The decrease in performance in 2018 is primarily driven by cancelation of service agreement with major customers compounded by abnormal warm weather conditions.
Total electricity output by RusHydro’s companies located in the isolated energy systems in the Far East Federal District amounted to 7,826 GWh in 2018.
Electricity output by Subgroup ESC RusHydro’s retail companies, GWh
Water inflow forecast
According to the forecast of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia, the following dynamics of water inflows to RusHydro’s major reservoirs is expected in the first quarter of 2019:
RusHydro Group is one of Russia’s largest generating companies. RusHydro is the leading producer of renewable energy in Russia with over 400 generating facilities in Russia and abroad. The company also manages a number of R&D, engineering and electricity retail companies. Group’s thermal assets are operated by subsidiary – RAO Energy System of East in the Far East of Russia. Total electricity generation capacity of the Group is 39.4 GW, heat capacity – 18.5 thousand GCal/h.
Russian Federation owns 60.56% in RusHydro, the rest is held by other institutional and individual shareholders (over 360,000). The company’s stock is traded on Moscow Exchange (MOEX), and included in MSCI EM и MSCI Russia indexes. Company’s GDRs in the IOB section of LSE, ADRs – in OTCQX.
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[i] The Boguchanskaya hydropower plant is part of the Boguchanskiy Energy and Metals Complex (BEMO), a 50/50 joint venture (JV) between RusHydro and UC RUSAL, and is not part of RusHydro Group. According to RusHydro’s shareholding in the JV (50%), the results of the plant are reported in the official financial statements in “Share of results of associates and jointly controlled entities”. Operations of the HPP have been put into the press-release for general reference.
[ii] Includes generation by HPPs of JSC RusHydro, Kolymskaya HPP and Viluiskie HPPs, part of RAO ES East Subgroup.
3 PJSC RusHydro only