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Tarbela Dam on the River Indus is one of the largest rock and earth-fill dams in the world and was constructed in the 1970s primarily to provide water for irrigation. During Tarbela's subsequent operation, its role in providing hydropower generation has become more significant.
Brian led the recent studies have been undertaken to assess the potential for hydropower generation on the 5th tunnel with an estimated project cost of $800million.
Unlike the other tunnels, the 5th tunnel is situated within the left abutment of the dam and was never envisaged for power generation. Thus, converting it for generation has presented a unique set of challenges. Many of these challenges particularly relate to its location between two large spillways, their associated plunge pools and a common discharge channel.
The proposed designs for the scheme uses an innovative approach to maximise energy production, ensuring similar levels of generation comparable to the other Tarbela stations, whilst combining a buildable design with continuing safe operation of these large spillways. The presentation will also include some of the learning from the almost complete Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project that has just started operation of the first turbine unit.
Brian Darling is a chartered civil engineer and hydropower specialist working at Mott MacDonald with 28 years' experience in the renewable energy, water and environment sectors. He was the Team Leader and Project Manager for the design studies for the Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project. He has widespread geographic experience including 11 years continuously outside of the UK, living and working in South Asia (Nepal and Pakistan) and Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa).
Parking will be available, please advise in advance if required. The venue is a 5 minute walk from Brighton railway station.
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