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Dagestan specialists help in the accident restoration work at the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP

Over 300 experts from LLC Energostroy LTD., JSC ChirkeyGesstroy and JSC Sulakskiy GidroKaskad from the Republic of Dagestan have been helping the search and rescue personnel from the Ministry for Emergency Situations and power workers from the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP itself in eliminating the consequences of the accident that occurred at the power station on 17 August, 2009.  On 22 August, 2009, personnel from these organisations returned home.


The JSC RusHydro subsidiary company JSC Sulakskiy HydroCascade and the contractors LLC Energostroy LTD. and JSC ChirkeyGESstroy who are employed on construction and repair works at southern facilities belonging to JSC RusHydro offered their help immediately after the accident.


Groups of specialists from Dagestan were formed into teams consisting of the required specialists and immediately after arriving at the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP, set to work installing pumps to pump the water out of the turbine room and clearing the debris of the collapsed constructions parts and equipment.  The Dagestan brigades speeded up the urgent accident and restoration work: "We highly appraise your work and readiness to come to our aid at this difficult time", Acting Chairman of the Management Board of JSC RusHydro Vasily Zubakin thanked them.


Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Khakassia Andrey Novoselov also expressed gratitude to the Dagestan specialists for responding so quickly to the disaster and said: "A certificate of honour and letter of thanks have been sent to the administration of the Republic of Dagestan, signed by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Khakassia Viktor Zimin".


In turn, the Director of the Civil Defence Department of the Ministry for Emergency Situation of Russia, Lieutenant General Sergey Shaposhnikov, noted that the specialists from Dagestan had worked shoulder to shoulder with the search and rescue personnel of the Ministry for Emergency Situations. "You have demonstrated your positive side by your efforts and compassion.  I am convinced that you will always come to the aid of anyone in Russia", he concluded.


To combat the consequences of the accident at the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP, the best power repair and construction engineering personnel of the holding company were mobilised.  Over 400 specialists from ChirkeyGESstroy, Energostroy LTD., Gidroremont, Turboremont and Eleketroremont gathered voluntarily at the power station to fulfil the tasks envisaged by the plan for rescue and restoration work.


In addition to general construction and power specialities, a group of divers from the Bureyskaya HPP were sent to assist those of the Ministry for Emergency Situations, as well as a physiologist.  Their main task was to provide technical assistance in underwater work on the tailrace and in the turbine room of the power station.  The group was arrived together with all the necessary equipment.


"This accidents is a tremendous human tragedy; we bow low to all colleagues who responded and came to help the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP", said Vasily Zubakin.

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