Location

New York, New York

Session Start Date

4-13-2004

Session End Date

4-17-2004

Abstract

The Thissavros hydropower and pumped storage project on the Nestos river in northern Greece involved construction of a 172 m high rockfill dam and an underground power house with 300 MW installed capacity. Bedrock at the site consists of gneiss with complex geological structure and complicated hydrogeological conditions. On the right abutment, the dam partially rests on a large landslide and the toe of another large landslide extends into the plunge pool from the left bank. Initial excavations activated the dormant slides. Unloading, buttressing and drainage successfully stabilized the landslides. Core material for the dam is a silty sand and required special precautions in design and construction. Starting with an extremely rapid reservoir filling the dam has performed highly satisfactorily. The power house had to be excavated in a relatively unfavorable geological orientation but application of structural discontinuity analysis avoided wedge failures.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

4-13-2004

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2004 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Thissavros Hydropower Plant Managing Geotechnical Problems in the Construction

New York, New York

The Thissavros hydropower and pumped storage project on the Nestos river in northern Greece involved construction of a 172 m high rockfill dam and an underground power house with 300 MW installed capacity. Bedrock at the site consists of gneiss with complex geological structure and complicated hydrogeological conditions. On the right abutment, the dam partially rests on a large landslide and the toe of another large landslide extends into the plunge pool from the left bank. Initial excavations activated the dormant slides. Unloading, buttressing and drainage successfully stabilized the landslides. Core material for the dam is a silty sand and required special precautions in design and construction. Starting with an extremely rapid reservoir filling the dam has performed highly satisfactorily. The power house had to be excavated in a relatively unfavorable geological orientation but application of structural discontinuity analysis avoided wedge failures.