Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC EP) has completed the assembly of the electromechanical elements of the 49-MW Sarapullo hydroelectric plant and for the next few weeks the mechanical rotation tests of the generation units are planned.
This testing is a prerequisite for the electric power generation tests, the company said.
According to BNamericas, Sarapullo is part of the 254.4-MW Toachi-Pilatón Hydroelectric Complex, located between the Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo de los Tsà¡chilas province), Sigchos (Cotopaxi) and Mejàa (Pichincha) cantons.
At the Sarapullo Power Plant, the installation of the turbine-generator sets of the three units has been completed, with a capacity of 16.3 MW each. The final details of the auxiliary equipment are being reviewed, explained Jorge Vega, manager of the CELEC EP Hidrotoapi Business Unit.
The electromechanical assembly works of the equipment in the Pilatón river catchment works have been completed, and operational tests are being carried out on the gates and auxiliary systems. With regard to the conduction tunnel, cleaning activities are being carried out before filling with water.
In the Sarapullo substation, work is 90% complete. All the substation equipment is installed and the operation of the 75-MWA transformer installed in this substation is verified, as well as the control and supervision panels.
“We have good news, the first part of this hydro-energy exploitation is nearing completion and we will begin testing in April. Its energy contribution will be fundamental for the country, ” said Vice Minister Hernando Merchà¡n.
Electricity sector authorities also confirmed the progress in the works being carried out in the Alluriquàn substation, which will be the point of delivery of electrical energy from the Toachi-Pilatón hydroelectric complex to the National Interconnected System (SNI). More than 400 technicians, from CELEC EP and the contractor companies, work on all fronts.
The new hydroelectric complex takes advantage of the waters of the Toachi and Pilatón rivers, which are located in the Pacific basin, and will be complementary to the electricity generation of the plants located in the Amazon slope.