PN 007-12 2012-09-12

The roar of the stream

The face of the Guri Dam is 162 meters high and backs up the Río Caroní in southeastern Venezuela, forming a reservoir 175 kilometers long. In the world’s third largest hydroelectric power plant, twenty turbines now produce more than 10,000 megawatts and deliver over 70 percent of all of Venezuela’s electric power. A modernization project is intended to boost by 20 percent the output and the efficiency of this power plant, completed in the 1980s. Corpoelec, the government-owned generating company, is investing 1.3 billion U.S. dollars. Rexroth is delivering the drive and regulation technology to rebuild the inlet gates and is shouldering many engineering tasks. Among the items being supplied are special-design cylinders, valves, power units, and two oil conditioning units. Because some components run underwater, they are made of particularly high-resistance materials such as carbon steel with an Enduroq® coating. The experts at Rexroth are also providing on-site consulting and supervision of the installation. This modernization is to be completed by 2016.

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