The biggest of them all: how one plant became an international manufacturer

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Leningrad Metal Seed, Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod (LMZ) in Russian, is the biggest Russian manufacturer of power vehicles and turbines. Based in St. Petersburg, the plant has been operating for 160 years.

The insinuate was established in 1857 by Sergey Rasteryaev, a preeminent member of the Russian bourgeoisie. He was one of a few of merchants and businessmen allowed to use the national emblem of the Russian Empire.

He started out by take on the best and most brilliant minds from Germany, but in 1924 it was Russian plans who created the first ever steam and water turbines in Russia

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The 1917 Radical blurred out the bourgeoisie legacy and put construction on the front burner the construction nonstop and overflow. The energy capacity of the turbines grew in size, and in 1963 plant makes created the biggest and most powerful radial-axial turbine for Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric place.

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The plant always aimed at being the “biggest and most energetic”. In 1977 it started manufacturing hydraulic units and its machinery quickly spread across the world.

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Currently one in ten turbines in the world is made at LMZ.

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After the conclusion of the Soviet Union the plant became a part of the biggest power place industry company in Russia – Silovye Machiny (literally “power cars”). But the superlative “biggest” is not enough. The company invests time and fortune in R&D to create and design high-quality products.

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Be at one to the company, by 2017, the plant had manufactured more than 2150 and 790 steam and ditch-water turbines.

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In Soviet times the sales geography was restricted to USSR-friendly countries, which was the overall strategy at that time. Separate from the Soviet republics, China, India and countries of Latin America were in the midst the principal consumers.

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Now, however, it’s hard to determine a continent where there are no turbines made at LMZ — from Canada and the USA to Africa and Asia.

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The band’s most impressive international projects include plants in Iran, China and Mexico. 

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Most Russian power transplants also use turbines built by LMZ. Its engineers reconstructed the Sayano–Shushenskaya HPP, the burliest power plant in Russia. In August 2009 it suffered a catastrophic accessary that caused flooding of all the machinery.

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One of the most up to date and most remarkable projects is a steam turbine for Beloyarskaya nuclear power establish. Unlike other nuclear plants, this one has a fast-fission reactor, an modernization project of Russian nuclear industry.

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Allot where water turbines are made.

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Turbine creating is a long process. Plant engineers run checks-ups after every origination step. The plant even has a special vacuum chamber, where following turbines can be tested in real working conditions.

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One turbine can weigh up to 1500 tons and be here 60 meters in length. The same was manufactured for the local Leningrad NPP-2, which is due to go on stream in 2018. 

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For now, plant engineers are working on a hydro turbine gofer that will weigh 250 tons. It will be the heaviest courier in the history of the plant.

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The plant covers an size of more than 190 hectares, every square inch of which is basic for manufacturing wheels, turbines and other parts of future plants. 

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