Together with dams engineering, the design of hydropower plants has, over recent years, become another of the firm’s core activities.
The firm’s first hydropower project was the Rio Grande pumping plant (750 MW) in Argentina designed and built in the 1960s.
Over the past few years Studio Pietrangeli has realised several large projects becoming an Italian and European leader in the sector of hydroelectric engineering, including:
- 4 No. hydropower plants in operation for a total of over 1000 MW
- 2 No. enormous hydropower plants under construction totalling over 7000 MW
- 12 No. hydropower plants under design for over 3000 MW
Studio Pietrangeli offers its clients a full range of engineering consultancy services during design, construction, testing and operation of its plants. SP’s staff includes international consultants in the various engineering disciplines including civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, economists, environmental experts, etc..
Recently the firm has become increasingly specialized in so-called “fast-track” projects requiring a very short time from conception of the idea to operation of the plant.
The special innovative techniques required for these extremely fast designs include intense use of the most up-to-date technologies such as satellite imagery, laser scanning, helicopter surveys, surface geotechnics,and the like, for investigation purposes, combined with the vast experience and the sound engineering judgement of the firm’s senior engineers.