Equipment manufacturer SediCon has been contracted to provide desanding units for Ecuador’s 1,500-MW Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric plant.
The award, offered by engineering, procurement and construction contractor China’s Sinohydro Corporation, includes 40 of SediCon’s sluicer units that will have the capacity to remove more than six million tons of sediment per year.
The company said the Coca River is subject to a high sediment load, which must be handled by its equipment since there is no reservoir at the project’s intake.
“The decision to use SediCon technology shows a customer demanding efficient and reliable sediment removal, knowing that every drop of water saved means more electricity to produce,” technical director Tom Jacobsen said.
SediCon said the first sluicers will be delivered in 2015 and scheduled for operation in 2016.
The project is to be located on the border between Ecuador’s Napo and Sucumbios provinces, with power primarily being sent to Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca.
HydroWorld.com reported in February 2008 that Argentina had signed an agreement with Ecuador calling for the joint development of the project.