RusHydro dam disaster

Articles regarding accident on 17 August 2009 at Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric dam in Siberia (owned by RusHydro), in which 75 died, and subsequent government investigation.

1. Siberia Dam Disaster: '64 Probably Dead'
SkyNews, 18 Aug 2009
Sixty-four people missing after a disaster at a Russia's largest hydro-electric dam are most likely dead, the dam's owner has said..."[T]he search continues," a spokesman for state-run hydro-electricity company RusHydro said. A rescue operation was launched after a turbine room flooded at the Sayano-Shushenskaya dam...

2. RusHydro vows to rebuild tragedy-hit Siberian power plant by 2014
RIA Novosti, 9 Sep 2009
[RusHydro] said it would replace all damaged generating units by 2014 [and] between two and four units would be restored in 2010. The company earlier said repairing the damage could take up to two years…According to Russian media reports, a local journalist critical of the dam disaster was assaulted earlier on Wednesday near his apartment building.

3. Findings of the technical investigation into the accident that occurred at RusHydro subsidiary Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electrical station on 17 August 2009 [DOC]
Rostechnadzor (Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision), October 2009
[Original report in Russian; title translation, and following summary of the report's key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]
...The [Rostechnadzor] commission [consists of 28 people who worked on] a technical investigation into the accident...[The commission found that] the [plant’s] emergency plan did not prescribe actions that should be taken in this scenario. There was no training of personnel for emergency flood situtations...No emergency evacuation measures to safe grounds were foreseen...[As stated in one of the management memos] "safety guidance policies were forwarded to personnel verbally...for time-saving purposes"...A record of measures taken following the accident was not kept [in breach of the company’s policy]...The accident caused multiple deaths and injuries (75 dead, 13 injured). [The commission also identified] events (and persons) that caused the accident...[It lists]...individuals responsible for preventive measures at the station...

4. RusHydro representative asks to be listed as “guilty”
RIA Novosti, 3 Oct 2009
[Original article in Russian; title translation, and following summary of the article's key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]
RusHydro representative [Timur Khaziakhmetov], a member of the [Rostechnadzor] commission investigation into the Sayano-Shushenskaya station accident, admitted he bears responsibility [for the accident]...[The head of the commission Nikolay Kutjin] said Mr Khaziakhmetov is also on the list of people “responsible for preventing accidents at Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric station”…“[O]ur work does not end with the findings of the technical reasons for the catastrophe, but we will continue to evaluate the technical conditions of the station...As a supervisory organ we'll be able to make recommendations in a few months" [Mr Kutjin said].

5. RusHydro will lower risks at hydro-electric stations
Sergei Smirnov, Infox.ru, 5 Oct 2009
[Original article in Russian; title translation, and following summary of the article's key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre]
The management of RusHydro will introduce changes to the construction of hydro-aggregates in all operational hydro-electric stations belonging to the company. Experts found that there were safety violations at all the stations: many stations still work in accordance with outdated standards; and although new stations are supposedly being built in accordance with Western standards, in reality they are built in a low-quality manner. RusHydro is working in line with the findings of the Rostechnadzor commission investigation into the Sayano-Shushenskaya station tragedy [in Siberia]... RusHydro will now introduce new protection systems and automatic systems of technological control...[The investigation found that] all automatic systems were located in the flood zone. There were no evacuation routes to escape the flood zone, and people did not have personal safety equipment...There was no training for emergency situations such as a flood...

6. Riot Police Raid Dam Disaster Site
Maria Antonova, St. Petersburg Times, 30 Oct 2009
The Investigative Committee and OMON riot police swooped into the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant in a raid Tuesday, seizing documents and isolating employees at their workstations in a probe into an August accident that killed 75 people.