Austria firm orders pump, motor for 50-MW Koralpe

Karntner Elektrizitats AG (Kelag) has awarded contracts to two companies to supply a pump and a motor to enable pumped-storage operation at the 50-MW Koralpe hydroelectric project on Austria’s Drau River.

Kelag awarded a contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to supply Lot 1, a storage pump, and Lot 2, a globe valve. Voith Siemens was chosen from among three bidders.

The project operator also awarded a contract to Alstom Hydro Austria GmbH to supply Lot 3, a three-phase alternating current synchronous motor. Alstom was one of two bidders for the work.

Contract values were not disclosed, although the investment originally was estimated at 20 million euros (US$26.8 million). (HNN 6/25/07)

Kelag said addition of the pump-back feature would enable Koralpe to double its annual generation to 163 million kWh from 83 million kWh.

Alstom named to refurbish generator at 32-MW Zirknitz

Kelag also awarded a contract to Alstom Hydro Austria GmbH to refurbish a generator at the 32-MW Zirknitz pumped-storage project in Austria.

Alstom, one of four bidders for the work, is to rewind the generator and provide maintenance to other generator components.

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