Hatch pilot opens the door for more efficient hydropower production in Turkey

June 6, 2017


Gokcekaya Power Plant team
Hatch’s project team at the Gokcekaya hydro power plant in Turkey
The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources in Turkey has assigned Hatch to undertake a life extension and modernization (LEM) pilot program at two of their hydropower plants (HPPs). 


Work on the project is being performed at the HPPs in Gokcekaya (producing 276 MW) and Sariyar (producing 160 MW). Working alongside the Ministry and the National power company (EUAS), Hatch will perform an initial condition assessment of the hydropower plant equipment and instrumentation; reinstate real-time flow measurement equipment; execute a baseline performance test on one unit in each plant, and; complete an asset management review on each generating unit. 


“This is the first project for Hatch’s Waterpower team in the region. Hydropower remains a central component of the global energy mix and as fleets age and monitoring systems deteriorate, performance can often be compromised. This pilot program has the potential to be used as a model of best practice to improve, monitor, and evaluate hydropower assets and LEM projects in both the region and around the world—and we are thrilled to be part of it,” said Stuart Bridgeman, project manager, Hatch. 


Work has begun on the project and is expected to complete by the end of 2017. Applying our technical expertise and long history in hydropower, the team is focused on minimizing the potential for forced outages, realizing improved energy efficiencies, and establishing a higher energy output for the Ministry, helping to maximize the value of the Ministry’s investment in this important resource.