Andritz to supply 240 MW turbine to France’s La Coche pumped-storage plant

French utility Electricite de France has awarded a contract to Andritz Hydro to supply equipment for an extension of the 320-MW La Coche pumped-storage plant.

The US$28 million order calls for the supply of a 240 MW Pelton-type turbine that Andritz says “increases the reliability and flexibility of the plant substantially.”

EDF took bids for the equipment in January 2013.

La Coche generates power using water from the Cuvette de la Coche, which runs through a four-generating unit power station before emptying through the Aigueblanche Dam into the the Isere River.

The plant has a hydraulic head of about 930 meters and a penstock that descends about 1,600 feet over the course of a 2-mile long penstock. reported that Andritz Hydro had won a contract to supply equipment for Pakistan’s 102-MW Gulpur hydroelectric plant earlier this month.

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