89 years ago: Construction of Soviet Dnieper Hydroelectric Dam began

By Union Borotba (Struggle)

Today in history: March 15, 1927, on the banks of the Dnieper River a red flag was planted with the inscription “Dnieper started!” Construction of the V.I. Lenin Dnieper Hydroelectric Dam (Dneproges) began — the first such hydroelectric power station in Europe. The implementation of such a project is simply unthinkable for the current dull rats in power in Ukraine!

However, as has been reported, in the coming days the monument to Lenin standing near the project in the city of Zaporozhye will be dismantled by the temporarily-empowered Neanderthals.

The attack on Lenin’s statue is also an attack on the legacy of his brilliant plan of electrification.

To destroy and plunder the industry built by previous generations, and to kill their fellow citizens, are all the “achievements” available to the Kiev maniacs and their debased supporters.

The only country in the world which had experience with such construction was the United States. And American engineers were actively involved in an advisory capacity. However, Soviet engineers stepped beyond their teachers. For the first time, giant turbines with a capacity of 60,000 kilowatts were used, which had never been done before.

The agrarian country lacked skilled workers. But high motivation and enthusiasm often accomplished what the industrial powers could not.

“Some of the workers could not distinguish a nut from a wrench, but they did not lack common sense and ability to invent. Once, it was necessary to install large and heavy equipment in a mine. Around the steppe for many miles, there was no crane able to lift it. Engineers did not know how to resolve the problem. The workers found an unusual solution – fill the mine with ice and install the equipment on top. When the ice melts, the equipment would be lowered, and finally ‘sit’ in the right place. The memory of this proposal caused Hugh Cooper delight for the rest of his life,” the principal American consultant later wrote.

The great project, conducted by forces from throughout the Soviet Union, allowed the country to generate the cheapest electricity in the world. In 1934, the cost of kWh was 0.44 kopecks.

Translated by Greg Butterfield

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