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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Auditors Warned of Decrepit Equipment at Dam

Federal auditors determined that 85 percent of the equipment at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station was worn-out and needed to be replaced during an inspection in 2007, Audit Chamber head Sergei Stepashin said Tuesday.

An accident at the power station caused a flood on Aug. 17, killing 75 people. The cause of the disaster remains under investigation.

"Two years ago, the Audit Chamber examined the Sayano-Shushenskaya power plant, where we noticed wear-out on 85 percent of the equipment," Stepashin said at a meeting in Barnaul, Interfax reported.

He said the government and the Prosecutor General's Office were informed about the results of the check at the time.

RusHydro, the state-owned company that owns the plant, said it had studied the auditors' findings and acted accordingly. "All the necessary measures were taken and reported to the Audit Chamber" after the check, RusHydro spokesman Yevgeny Druzyaka said, Interfax reported.

Meanwhile, Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin has ordered investigators to check the response of the plant's management at the time of the disaster, the committee said in a statement Tuesday.

The plant, RusHydro’s largest, was knocked completely off line when an engine room flooded. Plant officials said earlier that human error played no role in the tragedy.