The Zhupanova hydropower plant won’t be constructed for now
An official letter to the Governor of Kamchatski kray from the presidential executive office was posted on fishkamchatka.ru. According to the letter, there is no need in the Zhupanova HPP in Kamchatka at least until 2025. At the same time local administration should reconsider the regional power supply strategy and take a look at the alternative power resources such as wind and hydrothermal energy.
The ministry of natural resources and “RusHydro” – the Russia’s key agent in implementing hydropower development projects – have agreed, that the Zhupanova HPP construction can severely damage a unique nature of the Kamchatka peninsula, drastically change the river’s ecosystem and negatively impact the territory of Kronotsky reserve, a site included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
“WWF was criticizing this project many times,” says Sergey Rafanov, the head of Kamchtka/Bering Sea ecoregional office. “We insisted that the projected should be reconsidered as there are several much more sustainable alternatives. We are not against hydropower plant in general, especially when it’s the only way to get energy from. And even then all natural risks and negative impact should be minimized. But the Zhupanova HPP project is not a case in point. The construction of three dams would total annihilate the river’s recreational and fishing potential, negatively impact all species, which inhabit the river’s basin. WWF has finished to examine the Environmental Impact Assessment of dams construction and found out that measures claimed to eliminate negative impact are absolutely ineffective.”