E.ON builds new turbines in Russia

SURGUT, Russia, July 17 (Reuters) - E.ON EONG.DE has begun construction of two 400 megawatt turbines at a power station in Russia's oil heartland which is part of its newly acquired Russian generating company, the German utility said on Thursday.

The construction is part of a 76 billion rouble ($3.29 billion) investment programme that E.ON plans to carry out at the Russian company, OGK-4 OGK4.MM by the end of 2011.

The construction of two combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) will cost 19 billion roubles ($821.8 million) and is being carried out by General Electric GE.N in partnership with Turkish engineering firm Gama.

When the construction of the two turbines is completed, Surgut Power Station No. 2 will have a total capacity of 5.6 gigawatts, making it the largest power station in the world, OGK-4 said.

The power station is located in the oil rich region of Khanty-Mansiisk, and the city of Surgut is home to Surgutneftegas SNGS.MM, Russia's fourth-largest oil company. (Reporting by Simon Shuster; Editing by Erica Billingham)