Design and Construction of Paute Project, Ecuador

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by L. Cepeda, INECEL, Quito, Ecuador, INECEL, Quito, Ecuador,
A. R. Engebretsen, INECEL, Quito, Ecuador, INECEL, Quito, Ecuador,
E. B. Kollgaard, INECEL, Quito, Ecuador, INECEL, Quito, Ecuador,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85:

Abstract: The Paute Project is a key element in Ecuador's program for developing a modern electric power system. When fully developed, it will consist of three separate developments: the Mazar Dam and power plant (160 MW), the Paute-Molino development (1000 MW), and the Sopladora development (500 MW). The completion in 1983 of the 500 MW first phase of this project almost doubled the generating capacity in the country. The power from Paute is transmitted to the national system by a double-circuit, 230-kV line across the Andes to Pascuales near Guayaquil. This paper discusses the Paute-Melino development, design criteria, power tunnel, surge tank, and other aspects of the subject.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Construction management | Electric power | Hydro power | Developing countries | Tunnels | Electrical systems | Water tanks | Arch dams | Water storage | Ecuador | South America | Andes

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