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Kashkhatau hydro plant in Russia to launch at end of August 2010

RusHydro, Russia's largest hydroelectric power producer, plans to launch the Kashkhatau hydropower plant in the Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on Aug. 31, 2010, news agencies reported.

Kashkhatau will become the second hydropower plant on the Nizhny Cherek River. Initially, RusHydro planned to give a pilot run to the facility in 2009, but then the date was moved to September 2010, reports indicate.

The combined power of the two Nizhny Cherek hydro plants will reach 128.6 megawatts. The capacity of the existing Aushiger plant is 60 megawatts.

In other news, twenty-four small hydropower plants could be built in Russia's Chelyabinsk Region by 2020, the press office of the regional economic development ministry reported.

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