The Kemano hydroelectric plant produces power for use in the reduction process at the Rio Tino Alcan smelter in Kitimat, as well as provides power for use by communities in central British Columbia. The cooling water piping sytems feeding the eight generators and transformers at the Kemano Power House, in service since the original construction, had reached the end of their life and required a complete piping system replacement.
All design aspects required by the Rio Tinto project approval gate process were followed to efficiently obtain project approvals and meet the installation deadline.
Cost benefit analyses were performed to determine the best solution for the piping and insulation replacement materials, considering material and installation cost, as well as maintenance costs, effectiveness, and lifespan.
Process and Instrumentation Diagrams were developed based on our comprehensive audit of the existing generator cooling water system. Creation of a 3D model of the powerhouse piping allowed for efficient generation of 2D drawings for use in development of fabrication drawings and installation. Temec recognizes that 3D modelling is a valuable means of communicating design aspects to our clients as well as an efficient design tool.