Small Hydro Studies in Northern Thailand

by L. M. Wray, Balfour Beatty Engineering Ltd, Sidcup, England,
J. R. Queening, Balfour Beatty Engineering Ltd, Sidcup, England,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


As part of the Thai Government's programme of rural electrification, Balfour Beatty Engineering (BBE) has been assisting the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in the development of small hydroelectric stations in the north of Thailand. The brief was interesting in that the Client allocated a study region of some 10,000 square kilometres in which several pilot projects of 1 to 3MW were to be developed. Services are being provided to assist the Client in all aspects of small-hydro development, from site identification to commissioning and operation. This paper describes the steps in the reconnaissance and feasibility studies, in 1984 and 1985, from the initial studies of 45 potential sites in the study region, leading to three projects, two of 2MW and one of 1MW, being selected for implementation as pilot projects. One of the projects is outlined as an example. Particular features in the approach by BBE and PEA to these studies are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Client relationships | Hydro power | Electric power | Feasibility studies | Government | Site investigation | Power plants | Thailand | Asia

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