Poyry will consult on headworks rehabilitation at 26-MW Dzora hydropower plant in Armenia

Energy Invest Holding has awarded international consulting and engineering company, Poyry, with the engineering and consultancy services assignment to rehabilitate the headworks at the 26-MW Dzora hydropower plant, according to Helsinki, Finland-based Poyry.

The amount of the project award is not immediately available.

The plant, located in Dzoraget village, Lori Region, Armenia, was commissioned in 1932 and uses the flows of the Dzoraget River.

The July 10 announcement says Poyry will prepare an inventory of the observed damages to the concrete structures and hydromechanical equipment, assess the reduced operability or the expectable durability of the hydro-scheme based on a risk analysis and clarify the geological/geotechnical potential causes for the damages in view of designing proper countermeasures.

In June, Poyry released a report that contains mapped data of small hydro potential in 14 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), working in conjunction with the ECOWAS Observatory for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Poyry used GIS technology to map the hydrological conditions, hydropower potential and climate change information for more than 500,000 river reaches.

Richard Pinnock, Poyry Energy Business Group president, said of the project in Armenia, “Delivering clean, renewable energy projects in this region further strengthens Poyry’s position as one of the world’s leading hydropower engineering consultancies.”

In February, Strabag SpA announced it awarded Poyry an engineering services contract for the 531-MW Alto Maipo hydropower project in Chile. The project includes two run-of river hydroelectric power stations located in the upper section of the Maipo River, about 50 km southeast of Santiago.

HydroWorld.com reported in September 2016 that Xayaburi Power Co. and the government of Lao PDR awarded Poyry an extension to the owner’s engineering services contract for site supervision of the 1,285-MW Xayaburi hydropower plant in Laos.

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for HydroWorld.com.

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