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ON-LINE REPORT: India’s NHPC commissions 390-mw Dulhasti

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) reports it fully commissioned the 390-mw Dulhasti hydroelectric project on the Chandra River in Jammu and Kashmir State.

NHPC said the project’s third unit was synchronized to the transmission grid March 26. The first two units were synchronized February 28 and March 18.

The run-of-river project was built in the Middle Himalaya Mountains by Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. (JAL), a unit of the Jaypee Group. It has a 65-meter-tall, 186-meter-long concrete gravity dam, 10.5-kilometer headrace tunnel, 298-meter tailrace tunnel, and an underground powerhouse containing three 130-mw turbine-generators.

Although work initially began in 1989 under a French consortium, civil construction was suspended in 1992, with the partially completed works taken over by NHPC. The company awarded a completion contract to JAL in 1997. In 1998, the government committed to fully fund Dulhasti.

A setback occurred in January when a tunnel collapsed, killing two workers, injuring 13, and flooding the Kishtwar area.

FINANCE: Kuwait funds Pakistan’s Golen Gol

The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has approved an 11 million dinar (US$37.5 million) loan to help finance the 106-mw Golen Gol project in Pakistan.

Golen Gol is proposed for the Golen Gol River, a tributary of the Mastuj River in Chitral District of Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province. It is to include a diversion weir, headrace canal and tunnel, vertical pressure shaft, and surge shaft and chambers, with a design discharge of 30 cubic meters per second.

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ON-LINE REPORT: First unit of Mexico’s 750-mw El Cajon commissioned

Turbine manufacturer OJSC Power Machines reports it put into commercial operation the first 375-mw unit of the 750-mw El Cajon hydroelectric project on Mexico’s Santiago River.

Power Machines said it completed 200-hour testing and commissioned the unit on time. The project is being built in Nayarit State by a consortium of Mexican construction company Ingenieros Civiles Asociados, Constructora Internacional de Infraestructura, Promotora Inversora Visa, La Peninsular Compania Constructura, and Energomachexport Power Machines.

Power Machines said the two 375-mw units are the most powerful ever supplied to foreign hydropower plants by the Russian manufacturer.

It said the customer, national utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), requested the generator voltage be increased to 17 kilovolts, compared to the usual 15.75 kV. It said each generator is rated at 375 mw, with a maximum capacity of 416.7 mw. They have a frame diameter of 13.8 meters.

CFE previously said the turnkey contract is valued at US$748 million, with Power Machines supplying all electro-mechanical and auxiliary equipment for a US$140 million share.

CONTRACTS: Briefly

Lithuanian utility Lietuvos Energija awarded a contract to VA Tech Hydro to supply equipment to the 900-mw Kruonis pumped-storage project. VA Tech Hydro received a contract valued at 1.359 million euros (US$1.777 million) to supply four replacement turbines and associated equipment. The firm was one of two bidders for the contract, which was announced in March.

Vietnam hydropower developer Northwest Joint Stock Co. awarded a contract to Cavico Mining to build a headrace tunnel for the 36-mw Nam Chien 2 hydroelectric project in Son La Province. Under the US$4.7 million contract, Cavico Mining, a subsidiary of Vietnam hydropower builder Cavico Corp., is responsible for a 2,767-meter headrace tunnel of 4.8 meters in height, plus a 57.2-meter-high surge tank and a 97.3-meter incline tunnel.

Energias de Portugal S.A. (EDP) awarded a 46 million euro (US$60.1 million) contract for construction of the 243-mw Picote 2 hydroelectric project on Portugal’s Douro River. EDP said it signed the civil works contract March 20 with a consortium of Obras Publicas e Cimento Armado and Moniz da Maia, Serra & Fortunato — Empreiteiros. The total 130 million euro (US$170 million) Picote 2, an expansion of the existing 231-mw Picote project, is to be completed in 2011.

COMPANY NEWS: Mytilineos, Endesa to develop Greek generation

Greek metals and engineering group Mytilineos signed a joint venture deal with Spanish power company Endesa to form the largest independent power producer in Greece, holding thermal and renewable generation, including hydropower.

The joint venture, which was not named, will have initial capitalization of 1.2 billion euros (US$1.6 billion), with Endesa holding a 50.01 percent stake, the companies said March 28.

Mytilineos is to contribute its entire portfolio of thermal and renewable energy assets and licenses in a transfer to be complete in 12 months.

The companies said the financial power of the joint venture, the global utility knowledge of Endesa, and the local presence and industrial background of the Mytilineos Group, will support an ambitious development program, including southeastern Europe.

The asset base of the new joint venture will include 334 mw of cogeneration, a 430-mw gas-fired plant, more than 1,000 mw of renewables including hydro, and a proposed 600-mw coal plant.

IN MEMORIAM: Veltrop remembered for contributions to dams, hydropower community

Jan Veltrop, an engineer whose contributions to the global dam community included a term as president of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), died March 24. He was 85.

Veltrop, a leading international authority on dam design, joined Harza Engineering Co. in Chicago, now MWH, in 1954. From 1979 to 1984, he was Harza’s chief engineer. He retired from the consulting engineering firm in 1994 as senior vice president.

Veltrop was a prolific writer, author of more than 70 technical papers and articles while at Harza. During that time, he also guided project planning, design, construction, and monitoring of dams, including their environmental and social aspects. Veltrop worked on projects throughout the world.

He directed the design of the Mayfield and Mossyrock dams in the United States, both part of Tacoma Power’s 462-mw Cowlitz River project, in Washington, and the Karadj and Karun 1 dams in Iran. As project manager and director, Veltrop led the development of the Tachien hydroelectric project in Taiwan, Mangla spillway in Pakistan, Karun 1 hydro project in Iran, and 2,316-mw Bath County Pumped-Storage project in the U.S.

Veltrop also worked on the 3,478-mw Tarbela project in Pakistan and 10,300-mw Guri (Simon Bolivar) project in Venezuela. For a year and a half in the 1980s, he was resident manager in Chengdu, China, for the preparation of contract documents for international bidding for the 3,300-mw Ertan hydroelectric project. In the 1990s, he was based in Haifa, Israel, as project manager for a proposed pumped-storage project near the Dead Sea.

In the early 1980s, Veltrop served a two-year term as chairman of the U.S. Committee on Large Dams. In 1988, he began a three-year term as president of ICOLD.

Veltrop received the Rickey Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1997 for his contributions to the field of hydroelectric engineering. In 1998, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and that same year he was appointed a commissioner of the World Commission on Dams.

Veltrop, a native of the Netherlands, completed a degree in mechanical engineering at the Technological University of Delft. He came to the U.S. on student visa to attend Renselaar Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a master’s degree. He received a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On a leave of absence from Harza during the 1960s, Veltrop served as dean of the engineering faculty at the University of Nigeria.

Veltrop is survived by his wife Ruth, two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oxfam America, 226 Causeway St., Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02114-2206 USA.

DEVELOPMENT: Austria utility to build 350-mw Reisseck 2

Austria utility Verbund announced plans in March to build the 350-mw Reisseck 2 pumped-storage project.

Verbund General Director Hans Haider said the project represents an investment of about 215 million euros (US$287 million) and 3,000 person-years of employment. Verbund’s hydropower subsidiary, Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG, is to plan and build the project.

Reisseck 2 is to undergo an environmental impact assessment process, with a declaration submitted by mid-2008. If that is completed according to schedule, the project should be on line by 2014.

Reisseck 2 will be an addition to the six-plant, 138.1-mw Reisseck/Kreuzeck hydroelectric complex in Upper Carinthia. The six plants include 67.5-mw Reisseck annual storage, 23.2-mw Reisseck daily storage, 45-mw Kreuzeck daily storage, 1.6-mw Niklai, 600-kw Muhldorf, and 200-kw Steinfeld.

Verbund said a special feature of Reisseck 2 is that existing storage and equalizing basins with a head of 580 meters will be used. A 5-kilometer tunnel will connect the Reisseck annual storage reservoir and the 730-mw Malta Hauptstufe power plant. Reisseck 2 is to have an underground powerhouse.

The existing Grosser Muhldorfer See Reservoir on the Reisseck Lake plateau will be used as an upper reservoir in pump operation while the lower reservoirs will be the Gosskar and Galgenbichl reservoirs of the Malta power plant group, Malta Hauptstufe, 120-mw Malta Oberstufe, and 41-mw Malta Unterstufe.


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