Multiconsult selected to assess dam safety in Latvia

Multiconsult has been selected to assess the safety of the hydrotechnical structures of the Daugava River hydropower projects in Latvia.

The Daugava River flows from Russia through Belarus and into the Baltic sea close to Riga. The cascade of the Daugava Hydropower Plants (HPPs) upstream of Riga is formed by three large hydropower plants, 907.6-MW Plavinas, 402-MW Riga and 248-MW Kegums. In 2019, the Daugava HPPs generated 2 TWh of energy, which constitutes energy for about 600,000 households.

The consultancy work commences in 2020 and will be completed in 2025. The assessment will be conducted in cooperation with Sweco.

“Dam failure can pose a serious risk to the public. If a dam that impounds a reservoir or lake were to fail, it could potentially affect communities hundreds of kilometers downstream,” said Hilde Gillebo, EVP for Energy in Multiconsult. “However, proper planning can greatly reduce the likelihood of a dam emergency. Over the past forty years, dam safety has been a major focus for our energy business, and we are proud to be selected for this important project”.

Multiconsult has a long history of working in the Baltic region, Gillebo said. Earlier assignments in Latvia include feasibility study, tender documents and project management for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Daugava HPPs, financial management plan for Latvenergo, and dam safety expert panel at the Plavinas HPP.

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