Aurecon to undertake tender for hydropower project
Water diversion for power generation
Aurecon's role: tender, preliminary and detailed design and documentation
Client: ITD-NCC Joint Venture
Nam Theun 2 is a 1 086 MW hydropower project located in Khammouane Province, PDR Lao. The project was a trans-basin scheme, diverting water from the Nam Theun River catchment into the Xe Bang FaI River system, producing 348 m of net head to drive the generating units.
Aurecon was engaged to undertake tender, preliminary and detailed design and documentation of the downstream channel works for the Nam Theun II Hydropower Project.
Assessment of the hydraulic performance of the channel using Manning’s equation and HEC-RAS models
Design of riprap and gabion mattress channel linings to prevent scour in high gradient/velocity sections of the channel
Assessment and design of protection works required to prevent scouring at two junctions where natural streams merge with the artificial channel
Design of control weir structures to regulate velocities in the open channel to acceptable levels, thus preventing scour along the channel
Assessment and design of an aeration weir intended to aerate water discharged from the regulating dam, thereby maintaining water quality
Aurecon applied a programme of numerical modelling (1-dimensional, 2-dimensional and computation fluid dynamics), and physical model testing to facilitate the hydraulic design of the channel, rock protection, hydraulic structures and river confluences. The modelling was also used to investigate air entrainment and ensure that water quality criteria would be satisfied.
Aurecon’s integrated team of hydraulic specialists, structural and civil designers, geotechnical engineers, and geologists worked with geomorphologists and international dam experts to deliver an innovative, effective design for the project.
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