Queen Sirikit Dam , (30 images)|
I have last year been in the North of Thailand and worked with EGAT on their impressive Queen Sirikit Dam. The Nan river from the north are creating one of the largest hydro power installations in Thailand. The installed capacity of 500 MV comes from 4 generators of each 125 MegaWatt. The energy is transmitted to Phitsanulok on 230 kV -and Uttaradit on 115 kV high voltage lines. See a map ... Click here... The big dam produces millions of MegaWatt/year for electric consumption. The dam is made out of stones and soil and is about 100 m high and 800 m long by my estimate. Under the hydro power station the BIG river fish Tako can be seen all the time. The local restaurants serve them. However, we are not allowed to fish there. That would have been fun! The dam has a Resort where you can stay overnight in good air conditioned rooms. And close by there is a good and nice golf course. EGAT says they have 300 000 visitors per year! The dam also prevents the Nan river from flooding and also give the farmers a stable source of water for the land down streams. See the pictures of the great nature of northern Thailand.
Photo: Knut Øyvin Skaar - Bangkok