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June 2021: HPP Yusufeli, Turkey – Successful pressure test for trifurcator
The on-site team of Yusufeli hydropower plant has successfully completed the pressure test on the trifurcator, the heart of this impressive project. The equipment has passed the hydrostatic test at 42 bar level without any problems.
The ANDRITZ scope for the whole Yusufeli project includes the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of turbines, generators and EPS equipment, intake structure, penstocks and gates as well as staff training.
We congratulate our team to this success.
Total output: 558 MW
Scope: 3 x 186 MW (203 MVA)
Head: 191 m
March 2021: HPP Yusufeli, Turkey - Ministers site visit
Beginning of February 2021, Ministers together with high ranking Governmental delegations and other high level officials from DSI, EÜAS and other institutions made inspections on the Yusufeli construction site and participated in the Coordination and Evaluation meeting of the project. The ministers and interested parties also made examinations in the Yusufeli district's new resettlement area.
Yusufeli Dam and HEPP is being constructed in Yusufeli district of Artvin province and carried out by DSI (State Hydraulic Works) under the organization of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In 2016 and 2018, ANDRITZ has signed contracts for design, manufacture, supply, and commissioning of the entire electro- and hydro-mechanical equipment.
H.E. Bekir Pakdemirli, stated that Yusufeli Dam is a dam that will have huge benefits to the Turkey. With its height of 275 meters it will be the highest dam in Turkey. And with its 540 MW generation units supplied by ANDRITZ, Yusufeli will not only generate energy but will also contribute significantly to the regulation of the grid in the future.
As the construction work at Yusufeli is coming to an end, H.E. Pakdemirli also stated that it is most important to complete this work without disturbing happiness and welfare of the people living in the district. “Our state did what is required for the beneficiaries and for the ones living in the district with sincere compassion. We also saw that all our Ministries have taken initiative for doing what should be done after this point. We quickly work on resettlement as well as other subjects”.
Pakdemirli thanked the Ministers, the Company officials, the civil contractor LIMAK, and ANDRITZ as well as all involved institutions for their coordination and motivation.
“We have covered a long distance regarding the project, however, surely there are electro-mechanical equipment and other things remaining, but in fact, we have almost achieved the end of its construction. Hopefully, we will complete a very important part of the works related with the dam, the works related with its body and other aspects. The electro-mechanical equipment installation will run parallel to the civil works. This project is not a project of one Ministry, it is a State project, concerning four Ministries, it is a project closely followed by our President. There are also a resettlement works and relocation of roads. The works related to these are ongoing.”
Completion of the project is expected to be end of this year with start of impounding of the water scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Subsequently, the units will be all commissioned and the hydropower plant will start commercial operation, producing sustainable and clean power for the national grid.
ANDRITZ is proud to be part of such an important project and is looking forward to the completion of this key project.
Total output: 540 MW
Scope: 3 x 180 MW
Voltage: 13 kV / 380 kV
Head: 223 m
Penstocks: 3,000 tons
Gates: 2,350 tons
February 2021: Turkey Success Story in 2020
Five projects with more than 2,300 MW commissioned in Turkey despite the pandemic
Between March and December 2020, ANDRITZ had three large and two smaller hydropower plants which needed to be commissioned and start commercial operation so our customers’ strong investments could start paying back as early as possible. A complete “from water-to-wire” package for HPP Ilisu (6 x 204 MW + 4.54 MW) and for HPP Cetin (3 x 137 MW + 18 MW), generators for HPP Lower Kalekoey (3 x 186 MVA), and a full rehabilitation of HPP Menzelet (4 x 31 MW) and Kılavuzlu (4 x 14,4 MW) were all completed in 2020.
During the COVID-19 pandemic the normal life of the world and of course Turkey was hit very hard with increasing positive cases and subsequently measures such as travel restrictions, flight cancellations, closing of consulates disabling visa issuances and more. In addition, the local hydropower construction sites were in lockdown with strict 14-days quarantine regulations for everyone who had to go there. Even with all these precautious measures positive cases at sites were unavoidable which resulted in quarantine for the whole sites which had of course considerable effect on the work progresses.
The ANDRITZ site staff was facing quite a lot of ordeals like COVID testing before travels and quarantines upon arrival, special visa formalities etc., and some of the sites were even under strict quarantine.
Thanks to our engineers, supervisors and workers, who either accepted to travel in these tough times or were already available on site refused to go home before the job was done. And they did an excellent job, putting about 2.3 GW of sustainable clean hydropower into commission so our customers projects could start commercial operation, producing clean and sustainable energy.
We, as ANDRITZ, are grateful and appreciate all our colleague’s efforts who have altruistically performed during these difficult times to the utmost satisfaction of our customers.
ANDRITZ is proud to prove our full support and commitment to our customers even under extreme conditions due to the pandemic.
6 × 204 MW +1 x 4.54 MW
3 x 137MW + 18 MW
Annual av. power generation :
3,440 mm (large units)
3 × 186 MVA
4 × 31 MW
Annual av power generation :
Annual av. power production:
4 × 14,4 MW
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