Friday, April 1, 2016

Preliminary Survey of Potential Observation Site at Zaung Tu Dam – 20 February 2016

The initial survey for checking potential observation site at the Zaung Tu Dam was participated by University of Tokyo (UTokyo) members Mr. Akira Kodaka, Dr. Ralph Allen Acierto, and Mr. Shin Yonehara. The group also joined by three member of Department of Hydropower Planning Implementation. Mr. Oo Kyaw Aye (Staff Officer, Civil) was from the Investigation Branch, while Mr. Kyaw Win Hlaing and Mr. Thaung Htike was from the Maintenance Branch. The group left the accommodation at 6:30am using a 4-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle due to the rough terrain going to Zaung Tu Dam. Zaung Tu dam is accessible during the dry season through the roads for almost 4hours (one-way) drive using a 4WD vehicle. However, during the rainy season the area is accessible primarily through using a pump engine boat along the Bago River. The travel time during rainy season would take at least 7hours one-way from Zaung Tu Weir according to the DHPI and Department of Hydropower Generation Enterprise (DHGE) officers. This is compared to around 3-4hours drive on dry season from Zaung Tu Weir. The members of DHPI and Mr. De Par Aung (plant manager, DHGE officer) were kind enough to give a tour around the facilities in Zaung Tu Dam. Figure 1 shows the powerhouse of the Zaung Tu Dam that has a 20MW capacity using two hydropower turbines.
Figure 1. Powerhouse (middle image) of Zaung Tu Dam including the outlet (left image) of turbine and top view of the two generators(right image) inside the powerhouse
Currently, manual observation of rainfall and water level are being managed by the members of DHPI maintenance branch. Figure 2 shows the rain gauge used for manual observation of at least 3 times in a day. Observation is done at 6:00am, 12:00nn, and 6pm in local time.

Figure 2. Location of Current Manual Rainfall Observation (rain gauge) at Zaung Tu Dam downstream
The initial survey was done to check potential sites for the future installation of weather observation system at Zaung Tu dam. Several sites were selected and considered near the powerhouse area due to a relatively flat area and less number of trees.  Figures 3 to 7 shows the other dam facilities such as intake structure, spillway, and embankment.

Figure 3. Left image shows the Powerhouse and Switchyard. Right image shows the Intake Structure at the Zaung Tu Dam Reservoir

Figure 4. Intake Structure Tour by DHPI and DHGE members to UTokyo members

Figure 5. Spillway Structure of Zaung Tu Dam showing upstream side (left) and roadway ontop of spillway (right)

Figure 6. Spillway Structure of Zaung Tu Dam showing the downstream side

Figure 7. Embankment of Zaung Tu Dam showing the main embankment (left) and left flank embankment (right)

1 comment:

  1. my grandparents u pho myaing, daw chit were born in zaung tu or htan daw gyi. my ancestors were from zaung tu. i visited htan daw gyi when i was about 7 n, again at 21. i now live in niagara falls. my name - kyipu lay aka myint myint kyi, born 1949april21 older sister name myint myint yi, retired teacher in biofather name is bo kya nyunt, one time parliament member, biomother is daw pyone yin. i m retired architect.

    i used to live with my family at 22 thunpaya (thun pagoda)road, bago.anyone who knows me please contact me. it will be so lovely wonderful to have contact - my current address is 6474 taylor st, niagara falls, ontario, canada l2g 2g1 . phone