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Working trip of Victoria Abramchenko to Omsk

The government has decided to allocate funding for the construction of the Krasnogorsk hydroelectric complex in the city of Omsk, said Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko. In total, more than 4 billion rubles will be allocated for the implementation of the first stage of construction in 2022-2024. The order on the allocation of funding was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Earlier, during a working trip to Omsk, which took place in August 2021, Victoria Abramchenko became convinced of the need to urgently complete the construction of the facility.

As the vice-premier noted, the hydroelectric complex is vital for the water supply of Omsk and the restoration of navigation on the Irtysh River. “The water level in the main water artery of the region is steadily declining and has already reached a critical level. The construction of the hydroelectric complex will make it possible to correct the consequences of natural and anthropogenic changes and provide the necessary conditions for water intake and navigation. Such infrastructure projects, on which the quality of life of people, the well-being of the city and the uninterrupted operation of the transport complex, depend, are, of course, a priority for the Government. Therefore, it was decided to allocate budget funding for the resumption of construction work,” said Victoria Abramchenko.

The decrease in the water level in the Irtysh has been observed for more than a decade. Climate change, which is becoming drier, as well as a large volume of water consumption in neighboring countries – China and Kazakhstan.

To solve the “water issue” back in 2011, near Omsk in the Krasnaya Gorka district, the construction of a hydroelectric complex began. The facility was supposed to be completed in 2016, but construction was suspended due to lack of funding. To date, the construction readiness of the facility is estimated at 53%. The Omsk region annually spends about 50 million rubles for its maintenance.

The resumption of the project involves construction in two stages. More than 4 billion rubles will be allocated for the implementation of the first stage (2022–2024). A dam with a length of almost 700 meters will ensure that water is kept at the required level even with a possible increase in the withdrawal of Irtysh water in neighboring countries.

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