ONSITE VISIT TO ASHTA HPP AND VAU I DEJËS (ALBANIA) 2017
The participants of the onsite visit attended the most advanced hydropower stations of the Balkan region. They learnt about construction and design strategies, innovative technologies introduction and best practices to ensure the compliance with high European ecological standards. Besides, the participants had a chance to address questions directly to the HPP decision-makers.
Ashta hydropower plant is the biggest in the world innovative power plant to feature matrix technology based on small turbines.
This hydropower plant differs from a conventional run-of-river power plant with bulb turbines in that it basically employs a higher number of turbines.
Its technology enables a particularly efficient utilization of hydropower and was specifically designed for low heads.
Ashta contributes to climate protection
Ashta project was erected in accordance with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) regulations issued in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It will produce no CO2 emissions and – being a hydropower plant – it will save around 114,000 tons of CO2 a year.
Vau i Dejës was the first hydropower plant built on the Drin River and is located in the northwestern part of Albania. It is located downstream of Drin River, at Vau i Dejës gorge, about 18 km from the city of Shkodra. Since Vau i Dejës is the lower hydropower dam and lake in the river cascade, its importance, apart from electricity generation, is also related to the impact that its lake has on the sub-Shkodra lowlands. The plant was constructed using Chinese equipments and technology, but it went through a full rehabilitation in the years 2003-2007; mechanical equipments from Andritz and electrical and control installations from Alstom.