Mavel continues work on South Korean hydropower projects

BOSTON, Mass., 2/17/12 (PennWell) -- Hydroelectric equipment manufacturer Mavel, a.s. has successfully commissioned two of five South Korean projects the company secured in April 2010.

The five facilities -- Yipo, Gangjeong, Hapcheon, Nakdan and Seungcheon -- are part of South Korea's "Four Rivers Projects" and will include 11 of Mavel's Pit and Bulb Kaplan turbines. Korea Water Resources Corporation owns all the projects, and once the final three are completed in mid-2012, the facilities will combine for an output around 16.2-MW.

The Yipo hydroelectric power project was developed under contract to Daelim Industrial Co., Ltd. as general contractor in cooporation with APEC Asian Power & Energy Corp. The facility is located on the Han River and will have a nominal net head of 2.3 meters and a total flow of 168 cubic meters per second. Mavel was responsible for the hydraulic design, turbines, gearboxes, hydraulic power units, cooling system and installation supervision. The plant uses three Pit turbines with an installed output of 1.1-MW each, according to a Mavel release. It was completed in October 2011.

The Seungcheon plant, the second of the five that is currently operational, was developed under contract to Daeyang Electric Machinery Company. The facility is located on the Yeongsang River and has a nominal net head of 3.5 meters and a total nominal flow of 28 cubic meters per second. Mavel provided hydraulic design, gearboxes, hydraulic power units, cooling systems and installation supervision. The facility includes two Kaplan bulb turbines that combine for an output of 860-KW.

Mavel says the remaining three facilities will be commissioned in early 2012.

The Gangjeong facility will feature two Kaplan Pit turbines with a capacity of approximately 3.3-MW, Nakdan will feature two Pit turbines with a capacity more than 3.25-MW, and Hapcheon will feature two Pit turbines with a capcity of 5.5-MW.

Mavel, a.s. is an international engineering and manufacturing company with headquarter offices in the United States and Czech Republic.

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