Poyry, Temelsu to provide design services for Turkey’s 500-MW Lower Kelekoy hydropower project

Engineering consultancy Poyry and consortium partner Temelsu have been awarded a contract to provide detailed design services for the 500-MW Lower Kelekoy hydropower plant in Turkey.

The contract, offered by Kalehan Genc Enerji Uretim A.S., includes the design for the project’s powerhouse, and structural reviews for the roller-compated concrete dam, power intake and penstocks, piano-key weir, and diversion structures with two tunnels and bottom outlet.

“We are proud to be working on this landmark project,” said Ernst Zeller, regional director for Poyry’s Energy Business Group in Austria. “Ranked in the global top 10 of power generation engineering companies, Poyry has a proven track record of delivering sustainable hydropower solutions around the world and improving clients’ return on investment.”

The value of the deal was not disclosed. Poyry said the work will be completed by the end of 2017.

Lower Kelekoy (also spelled “Kalekoy”) is part of a four-project cascade that also includes the 636-MW Upper Kelekoy, 560-MW Beyhan 1 and proposed Beyhan 2. HydroWorld.com reported in July 2011 that Poyry had been offered a similar contract for work on Beyhan 1. All of the plants will be located on the Murat River.

Voith Hydro, which was previously awarded a contract to supply equipment for Upper Kelekoy, said Turkey still has an estimated hydroelectric potential of 40,000 MW.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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