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Amitech Pipes in Two Hydropower Plants

27 November 2009

Amitech FRP pipes have been used in two recently constructed Brazilian Small Hydropower Plants (SHP), one located in Planalto and the other in Rodeio Bonito.

The company has proven its ability to create pipes with a diameter of up to 3,000 mm, which is particularly suited to SHP’s, having already previously installed ten SHP’s within Brazil.

Planalto’s SHP has an output capacity of 17 MW of energy. “We provide 1,860 meters of 2,900 mm and 3,000 mm diameter pipes. There are pipes with nominal pressure of up to 6 kgf/cm²”, says Rogério Barbosa, Commercial Coordinator of Amitech’s energy sector.

The project in Rodeio Bonito, a Velcan Energy enterprise, uses a different configuration and is capable of generating up to 14.7 MW. Here, three pipe lines are installed parallel to one another, which are connected to three turbines. In total, 108 meters of 2,700 mm diameter pipes were used – also with a nominal pressure of up to 6 kgf/cm².

“Given that it is a French company, Velcan Energy decided to paint them with the colours of its country’s flag”, says the commercial coordinator, commenting on the pipe’s red, white and blue colour scheme.





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