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Salime Hydropower Plant


Salime Hydropower Plant is constituted by the dam and the power plant of the same name and is situated in the southwest of Asturias on the River Navia, as indicated above. The construction works began in 1946 and although they were completed in 1955, the final recognition Act and commission is dated the 1st of March, 1957. However, the first generator began generating electricity in December 1953 and two more began their operations in 1954 and lastly in 1955. The project was due to the technical office of the former Banco Urquijo, led then by a professor at the Madrid School of Civil Engineering Mr Enrique Becerril and Anton-Miralles.

It is the second hydropower plant, chronologically speaking, built on the River Navia, after Doiras and before Arbón was subsequently built. Described below are the three main elements: the dam, reservoir and powerhouse.

The dam is a “gravity” type plant, curved with a radius of 400 m. Its main features are:
Crowning length 250,00 m
Crowning width 9,00 m
Crowning elevation 225,67 masl
Spillway threshold height 218,00 masl
Height above foundations 128,00 m
Upstream Slope 5 %
Downstream Slope 72 %
Excavation volume 156.000 m³
Volume of concrete 645.000 m³
The reservoir, the largest in Asturias, occupies an area of 685 ha, including Grandas de Salime, Allande and Ibias land councils in the Principado de Asturias and Negueira de Muniz and Fonsagrada in Lugo, Galicia. Its use is mainly hydroelectric production but regularly projects arise for both economic activities (fisheries, etc ....) and recreational (marinas, etc …). Their main data are:
Basil area 1.805 km²
Annual average flow 49,36 m³/s
Annual average contribution 1.588 hm³
Normal elevation on maximal height (NEM) 224,50 masl
Extraordinary elevation on maximal height (EEM) 225,50 masl
Minimum elevation on working levels 172,50 masl
Bed base elevation on dam reservoir 111,00 masl
Total volume of reservoir from 111,00-224,50 265,60 hm³
Useful reservoir volume from 172,50-224,50 239,50 hm³
Volume regulated by gates, between 218,00 and 224,50 50,24 hm³
Volume of the maximum flood lamination between 218,00 and 225,50 58,30 hm³

The powerhouse is of a "base of the dam" type, a uniqueness that sets it apart from the rest: it is located below the spillway of the dam.

It has 4 generators each with a 40 MW, after its recent modernization, resulting in a total capacity of 160 MW and about 300 GWh of energy produced in an average year.

The Francis-type turbines are vertical axis, with a nominal head of 105 m and a set water flow of 170 m³/s. The electricity generated is evacuated through a double circuit HVL 132 kV to the SE of La Corredoria (Oviedo), but is expected to join the short-term HVL 400 kV REE which is being built between Galicia and Asturias. In order to do this the substations and lines needed are being completed, mainly Sanzo ES 132/400 kV and REE, called ES Pesoz 400 kV, both located in the surroundings of the plant and the evacuation lines 132 HVL Salime kV - Sanzo 1 and 2.


It is worth mentioning the artistic imprint left on the plant and the dam by architects and artists Joaquín Vaquero Palacios and Joaquin Vaquero Turcios, father and son, whose designs, decorations, carvings and murals, especially the large mural of the turbine hall, greatly enrich this plant and make it special.