RusHydro Group announces its operating results for the 4Q and FY2016
January 30, 2017. 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, 2016, 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
In the 4th quarter of 2016, total electricity generation by power plants of RusHydro Group amounted to 30,682 GWh, a 0.1% increase as compared to the same period of 2015, total power generation in 2016 amounted to 124,799 GWh (a 9.2% growth as compared to the same period of 2015). In the 4th quarter of 2016, hydropower (HPPs) and pumped storage power plants (PSPPs) of RusHydro Group increased electricity generation by 2.8% to 22,132 GWh, in 2016 generation increased by 15.7% to 94,976 GWh, output by thermal (TPPs) and geothermal plants located in the Far East of Russia in the 4th quarter of 2016 decreased by 6.2% to 8,549 GWh, in 2016 – by 7.3% to 29,823 GWh.
Electricity generation by the plants of RusHydro Group, GWh
The underlying factors of the production change in January-December 2016 were:
Center of Russia
In the 1st quarter of 2016, water inflow to reservoirs of the Volgo-Kama cascade was 1.3-2.2x higher than long-run average. In the 2nd quarter of 2016, water inflow to reservoirs located at the Upper Volga was 20-35% lower than long-run average, to Volgogradskoe reservoir – only 25% of norm, to Gorkovskoe, Cheboksarskoe, Kuybyshevskoe and Nizhnekamskoe reservoirs – close to normal, to Kamskoe and Votkinskoe reservoirs – 25-65% higher than long-run average.
Total water inflow to reservoirs of the Volgo-Kama cascade in 2016 amounted to 259.2 km3 as compared to the average of 256.4 km3.
Total electricity generation by RusHydro’s hydropower plants of the Volgo-Kama cascade together with Zagorskaya pumped storage plant in the 4th quarter of 2016 amounted to 8,442 GWh, a 12.4% decrease as compared to the same period of 2015. In 2016, generation reached 39,372 GWh, which is 3.5% higher than in the same period of the previous year.
South of Russia and North Caucasus
In 2016, water conditions on the rivers of the South of Russia and North Caucasus were close to long-run average. In 2016, water inflow to the Chirkeyskoe reservoir was 5% higher than long-run average.
Hydropower plants of the Dagestan branch of RusHydro successfully went through the peak flood period, which took place in the first decade of June. In July, Kubanskoe reservoir was filled to its normal level of 629 m. By the beginning of September Chirkeyskoe reservoir was also filled up to its normal water level of 355 m.
The electricity generation by the hydropower plants of the South of Russia and North Caucasus in the 4th quarter of 2016 increased by 12.7% to 1,386 GWh, in 2016 – by 25.2% to 8,239 GWh due to wise utilization of increased water inflows.
In 2016, water inflow to the Ob and Yenisei rivers was close to normal. In 2016, the spring flood period in the basin of the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP started later than usual. In the end of August, reservoir of the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP was filled to its maximum level of 538.5 m. On September 2, 2016, the plant generated its all-time high daily amount of electricity – 110,306,939 kWh.
The flood period in the basin of Novosibirskoe reservoir started earlier than usual. There were two peak periods of flooding: in April and July 2016.
The Boguchanskaya hydropower plant in 2016 generated 13,970 GWh, 6.8% increase as compared to the same period of the previous year. The reservoir of the Boguchanskaya HPP had been drawn down to 207.0 m. In June-October, the reservoir water level had been maintained at 207.5 m.
Total electricity generation by RusHydro’s Siberian hydropower plants in the 4th quarter of 2016 increased by 7.1% to 7,029 GWh, in 2016 –by 28.6% to 29,208 GWh.
Hydrological conditions in the region and low water reserves didn’t allow to fill the reservoir of the Zeyskaya HPP to its normal water level by the beginning of autumn-winter period which limited the plant’s output to 2.2 TWh from Sepmber 2015 to April 2016. In the 2nd quarter of 2016, water inflow to Kolymskoe reservoir was 25% lower than long-run average, to reservoir of the Zeyskaya HPP – 60% higher than normal. In the 3rd quarter of 2016, water inflow to reservoirs of the Zeyskaya and Kolymskaya HPPs was 1.8x and 1.9x higher than normal (respectively). In 2016, water inflow to the Far Eastern rivers was 30-60% higher than normal.
In 2016, unlike two previous years, the reservoir of the Zeyskaya HPP was filled over its normal water level of 315 m and limitations of output were removed allowing the plant to reach its annual output of 4.3 TWh.
In 2016, the amount of electricity generated by the Bureyskaya HPP exceeded its maximum established in 2013 and totaled 6.58 TWh.
Total electricity generated by hydro and geothermal power plants of the Far East in the 4th quarter of 2016, increased by 31.9% to 4,563 GWh. In 2016, generation increased by 27.1% to 15,904 GWh.
In the 4th quarter of 2016, generating assets of RAO ES East Holding, a subsidiary of RusHydro, produced 9,231 GWh of electricity, 5.1% decrease as compared to the 4th quarter of 2015, in 2016 generation decreased by 6.8% and amounted to 31,672 GWh. Of this total, 74% was generated by JSC Far East Generating Company (DGK), which decreased production by 8.9% in 2016 to 23,528 GWh, mainly due to 35% increase in electricity output by the Zeyskaya and Bureyskaya hydropower plants. In 2016, electricity generation by companies operating in isolated energy systems of the Far East increased by 2.2% as compared to 2015.
In 2016, heat output by thermal plants of RAO ES East increased by 4% to 31,494 ths. GCal as compared to the same period of 2015.
Heat output by thermal plants of RAO ES East, ths. GCal
In the 4th quarter of 2016, electricity generation by the Sevan-Hrazdan cascade of hydropower plants in Armenia decreased by 2.5% to 31 GWh, in 2016, electricity generation decreased by 10.6% to 405 GWh. Power generation by the plants of the cascade is dependent on water inflows of the Hrazdan river and water releases from Sevan lake.
In the 4th quarter of 2016, total electricity output by RusHydro’s four retail companies, operating in Bashkiria, Chuvashia, Ryazan and Krasnoyarsk regions and ESC RusHydro, amounted to 8,754 GWh, a 1% decrease as compared to the same period of 2015; in 2016 output amounted to 33,905 GWh (-2.3%).
In the reporting period ESC RusHydro, a holding company for all electricity retail operations, increased electricity output by 601 GWh (+34.1%), JSC Chuvash retail company increased its output by 6 GW (+0.2%) as compared to the same period of 2015 due to addition of major consumers.
The decrease in electricity output by JSC Krasnoyarskenergosbyt by 467 GWh or 3.3%, and PJSC Ryazan retail company by 106 GWh (-3.8%) in 2016 is attributable to recession in manufacturing industry, transfer of a number of major consumers to independent wholesale electricity purchases.
Electricity output by RusHydro Group’s retail companies, GWh
Water inflows forecast
According to the forecast of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia, the following dynamics of water inflows to the major reservoirs is expected in the 1st quarter of 2017:
 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.
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