Hugues Nkulu received his B.Sc. in geology. He has gained practical experience on various mine sites across the Congolese Copperbelt, meeting with most of the different local geological facies.
George is a hydrogeologist with more than 10 years of experience specialising in hydrogeology, numerical modelling and geosciences. He has experience in hydrogeological and geological sectors of the mining and environmental industry as well as social water assessments and supply.
Phone: (+86-571) 5662-5702
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- Itasca R&D Center (HIC) is a joint venture formed by three
parties: HydroChina Engineering Corporation, Itasca International Inc.,
and the Chinese Academy of Science. HIC is located in Hangzhou, a city
on the eastern coast of China, some 45 minutes by high-speed train from
HIC is currently working on two world class projects: the Jinping
Underground Research Laboratory (URL) and the Baihetan Hydropower Plant.
The existing facility at the Jinping II Project provides great access
to the core area of Jinping Mountain, at a depth of 2400 m below the
surface. A deep underground research laboratory for dark-matter study
already has been built and is in operation. The laboratory for rock
mechanics research is planned to start with access construction in
mid-2011. HIC will act as the primary research team for this URL's
Baihetan is the 2nd largest hydropower plant in China, just after
Three Gorges in terms of power generation capacity. This project can be
ranked #1 in China from a rock mechanics perspective considering the
complexity of geological formation and the size of facilities. One of
the challenges comes from construction of the underground facility. Six
surge chambers with diameters close to 60 m are planned to be built at a
depth of 500 m below surface. The chambers will be excavated in basalt
flows, which raise several types of rock mechanics problems that will
need to be solved.
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