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Bulgaria - The Tsankov Kamak hydroelectric power station project is finally nearing completionTsankov Kamak Hydroelectric Dam
double curvature arch concrete dam

Volume: 111 000 000 m³
Maximum dam height: 130 m
Dam crest elevation: 688 m
Dam length along the crest: 468 m
Dam chord: 345 m
Volume of concrete: 465 000 m³

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BULGARIA
The Tsankov Kamak hydroelectric power station project is finally nearing completion

After some considerable delay, the Tsankov Kamak hydroelectric project in Bulgaria is nearing completion.

Set in mountainous Devin in Bulgaria, the Tsankov Kamak hydroelectric power station project one of Europe’s largest projects. Located on the Vacha River, amongst the larger in Bulgaria, there is great potential for hydro electricity and the project aim has been to build a dam, reservoir and power plant.

When ALPINE, a major European construction company, took on the challenge of building this large power station, it needed a vast array of equipment.When ALPINE, a major European construction company, took on the challenge of building this large power station, it needed a vast array of equipment.

For the dam concrete a batching plant with a capacity of 150 m³/h was erected providing 24-hours a day, 7 days a week capability to deliver the 600,000 m³ required. An aggregate processing plant was also installed to process the 1.5 million tonnes of material required in six different grades.

A new asphalt plant was also installed to produce the total 100,000 t. of asphalt required for road construction. The plant capacity was 160 m³/hr.

A 26-t cable crane was installed with a capacity to lift a bucket with up to 9 m³ concrete. Other cranage was provided by three tower cranes and several mobile cranes.

For excavation and material haulage, at peak there were 25 excavators, 18 articulated dump trucks and over 60 off-highway trucks. Other equipment was typical for projects of this nature - drilling equipment, shotcrete spraying equipment, bulldozers, loaders and telescopic handlers

Over 1,500 workers have been involved in the project – machine operators have worked over 300 machines and a team of highly qualified mechanics have serviced and repaired the machines on site.

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