Kamolot, Uzbekistan

First order for Compact Hydro in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has a wide network of irrigation canals, which were built at the beginning of the 20th century.

It represents a significant untapped hydropower potential. A plan for a hydropower station to use this potential was formed early last century and in 1939 some basic structures for the powerhouse of Kamolot were built. In 1982, further construction measurements were implemented, but the power station was never completed.

ANDRITZ Hydro has now received the order from the Chinese enterprise group Dongfang Electric International Corporation (DEC) for the complete electro-mechanical equipment of this plant. DEC is acting as the main contractor for the end customer, JSC Uzbekgidroenergo, an Uzbek state-run utility.

The scope of supply for ANDRITZ Hydro comprises four identical Bevel Gear Bulb turbines with a runner diameter of 2,150 mm and a rated power output of 2.13 MW each. The contract also includes synchronous generators, hydraulic power units, cooling water system, as well as a package of controls and automation. Transportation to site, supervision of installation and commissioning are also part of the contract.

The first two of the four turbines were in October 2019.

Technical Details

Total output:8.5 MW 
Scope:4 × 2.13 MW
Head:7.77 m
Voltage:6.3 kV
Speed:217 rpm
Runner diameter:2,150 mm

Author: Hans Wolfhard

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