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    The construction of the Dnieper hydroelectric power station took five years

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    Exactly 90 years ago, on October 10, 1932, to the sound of orchestras and toasts, engineers, workers and managers solemnly opened the Dneproges, at that time the largest hydroelectric power station in Europe. How it was possible to “make a fairy tale come true” in five years in a country that had not yet healed the wounds of the Civil War, Izvestia recalled.

    century. Then Russia could not afford such a large-scale technical project. The rapids that interfered with navigation along the Dnieper were also considered a huge problem. But during the preparation of the GOELRO plan, the designers began to propose one after another the idea of ​​building several hydroelectric power stations on the great river.

    The party leadership argued whether it was worth starting such a wasteful and risky project. In the mid-1920s, the American company General Electric turned to the Soviet leadership with a proposal to launch a full cycle of construction of a hydroelectric power station at a reasonable price. But the leaders of the government did not abandon the project of engineer Alexandrov. They decided to build on their own, without the participation of foreign capital.

    Alexander Vasilyevich Winter, a man who knew every foreman at the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station, became the chief engineer, and then the head of the construction site. And everyone knew him – not only by his last name.

    The construction of the largest hydroelectric power station with a dam and a working camp took five years – much less than skeptics expected. The Soviet Union received the largest power plant in Europe. Dneproges maintained this status for a long time – a quarter of a century. The cost per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by the Dnieper hydroelectric power station turned out to be the lowest in the world. ) The energy of the great construction: how a hydroelectric power station appeared on the Dnieper

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