The Rur Dam Schwammenauel, located in the Nordeifel uplands of Germany, has a storage capacity of 164,575 acres, making it one of Germany’s largest dams. It catches the large amounts of precipitation from the headwaters of the Rur River. The Schwammenauel Hydropower Plant uses the water for power generation.
Since the valves (installed in the 1920s) had been leaking and could not be operated safely anymore, the dam operator favored VAG as a solution provider to renew all bottom outlets valves, as well as the main inlet valve for the hydropower plant. The water board had a clear preference for VAG valves during the planning and tender phase.
“All of the valves and pipe fittings that were delivered are flawless and fully meet the technical specifications in the tender,” said Herbert Polczyk, former head of the dam division at the Eifel-Rur water board, and emphasized, “We believe that choosing VAG will enable us to continue guaranteeing the reliable operation of our dam.”
Heavy-duty vehicles transported the 23-ton valves to the dam, including two VAG EKN® Butterfly Valves and one VAG EKN® Butterfly Valve —all equipped with Hydraulic Brake and Lift Units —two VAG KSSplus Howell-Bunger® Discharge Valves, one VAG RIKO® Plunger Valve with a venting system, as well as three VAG Dismantling Joints and pipe fittings.
Since the installation, the dam has been running successfully for more than 10 years.