The last of three hydro-electric generators for Russia’s famous Dneiper Dam was nearing completion in 1946. The Russians have already received parts of the first two machines, and expected to begin producing electricity again in the Dnieper plant by the beginning of 1947. The restoration job is expected to be completed by 1948. Like its two predecessors, the generator weighs more than 2,250,000 lbs. These are the largest in physical size ever built. With a frame diameter of 42 feet, 5 inches, the new generators are so large that they would be taller than a three-story building if they were set on their sides. The generators have an output 16 per cent greater than that of the waterwheel-driven generators built in 1931 for the same Soviet power plant. Each of the new units is rated at 90,000 kVA, as compared with 77,500 kVA of the original generators, which made the Dnieper power plant the largest in the world at the time of its completion in 1932. Then it turned out 3,000,000 kW-hrs annually for factories, mines, and collective farms in the Ukraine and elsewhere in southern Russia.
- Aftermath of the Chernobyl’ Accident (egrejeen.wordpress.com)