On 18 May 2019, the modernised exhibition of the history of Plavinas Hydropower Plant (HPP) was opened at 2 Energetiku Street, Aizkraukle, as part of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Latvenergo Group.
The exhibition Plavinas Hydropower Plant: The Largest Power Plant in Latvia is a modern, interactive and curiosity-stimulating exhibition, where visitors can use digital technologies to get to know Plavinas HPP from the beginning of its construction in 1961 until its evolvement into the largest power generating facility in Latvia, gaining insight into the operations of the hydropower plant and the generation of electricity.
The exhibition displays a turbine model, which was specially designed for the turbine performance testing during the project for the reconstruction of hydropower units No. 1 and No. 3 of Plavinas HPP in 2014.The diving suit that can be seen at the exhibition was used to carry out the supervision and repair of hydrotechnical structures.This type of suit was used from 1965 until 1996 when performing underwater works not only at Plavinas HPP, but also at Kegums HPP and Riga HPP.
The exhibition showcases unique gadgets, such as a bathometer, water flow and level gauges, and temperature and pressure sensors which were used to monitor the safety of hydraulic structures. Visitors can also see historic electricity meters. Today, with the widespread introduction of smart electricity metering devices by Sadales tīkls AS, a meter with a rotating disc is becoming a thing of the past.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, a tour of the plant is offered (prior registration on www.latvenergo.lv is required) along with a visit to the exhibition of the history of Plavinas HPP. The tour route includes the downstream viewing platform as well as a visit to the machine hall and the upstream viewing platform, which gives a view of the water reservoir and the dike.
Plavinas HPP generation facility and history exhibition
with prior registration on www.latvenergo.lv
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00 – 17:00
Fridays 9:00 – 16:00
closed Sundays and Mondays
Exhibition of the history of Plavinas HPP
without prior registration
Saturdays 9:00 – 17:00
phone: +371 65110309