Untitled Document

Sayano-Shushenskaya defendants face new charges

KHAKASSIA, Russia 2/3/12 (PennWell) -- The continued investigation of events leading to the deaths of 75 people at Russia's Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant has led to a new round of charges for seven defendants, sources report.

An explosion at this 6,400-MW plant in early August 2009 caused the turbine room to flood. The accident killed 71 people and destroyed three of the power station’s 10 turbine-generator units, according to plant owner RusHydro.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered an investigation into the accident, after Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said the repairs that were under way when the ploant flooded were being performed by a fraudulent company.

A report released in October 2009 assigned blame for the failure to several people. The inquiry was completed in March 2011 and resulted in charges against seven people for safety breaches.

The seven chief executives and officials were charged with violation of labor safety rules (Article 143, Pt. 2 of Russia's Criminal Code) in 2010, but those cases were only valid for two years given the country's statute of limitations.

The charges filed under Article 143 included a maximum four-year prison sentence. The new charges could carry up to seven years.

"The defendants will face a new charge under Article 216 for violation of safety rules in mining, construction and other types of operations that entailed the death of two and more people through negligence," says investigation committee spokesman Vladimir Markin. "Therefore, there are no reasons to terminate their prosecution."

Meanwhile, restoration work on the plant continues. RusHydro installed the facility's first all-new generating unit in December 2011. Rehabilitation is expected to be complete in 2014.

Latest Slideshow

Your Picture Here: Send Us Your Dam Selfie

View Slideshow >>

more slideshows >>   

Hydro Whitepapers

Hydro Industry Financials

Most Read Articles

Recent Comments

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours
To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Volume 34, Issue 2
Volume 23, Issue 2

Archived Articles

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Hydro Review Past Issues

Buyers Guide Products

Zagorsk PSP, Russia

Zagorsk Pump Storage Plant 6 x 236 MVA, 150 rpm...

Buyers Guide Companies

Balluff GmbH

Offers sophisticated sensors, transducers, indu...

ThyssenKrupp Resource Technologies GmbH

Houghton International

High voltage (HV) coils manufacturers and suppl...

Scott Aerator Co LLC

Manufacturers of industrial grade de-icing equi...

Renewable Energy Corp Ltd

Designs, distributes and supplies wind, PV, hyb...