The chief executive of Russia's largest aluminum manufacturers RUSAL, Oleg Deripaska, who run several aluminium smelters in the area is considering cutting production as a result of the accident.
In a meeting, also attended by the minister for emergency situation, Sergey Shoygu, and chairman of the board of directors of RusHydro, Vyacheslav Sinyugin, cutting production was considered. A spokesman for RUSAL said of the meeting this morning: 'One of the issues discussed was a possibility to reduce the output at RUSAL's smelters.
'This would create an additional reserve of energy required for the stable functioning of the region on the eve of the autumn-winter season when the load on the energy system increases.'
The cause of the accident is still being investigated but it appears a surge of water caused the ducts to burst, which flooded part of the station.