Austria utility awards switchgear contract for 63-MW Hieflau

Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG has awarded a contract to Siemens AG Osterreich Automation und Drives to supply switchgear for an extension of the 63-MW Hieflau hydroelectric project.

Siemens’ Austrian unit is to design, produce, supply, install, and start up switchgear for two 3.8-MW pump drives with an option of including new drive motors. It was one of three bidders for the work. (HNN 6/9/08)

In May, Verbund awarded contracts to Austrian firms for design services, site supervision, and construction of the extension of Hieflau on Austria’s Enns River. Built in 1956, Hieflau has three Francis turbines with three-phase synchronous generators.

Verbund plans work to include construction of fish passage, an intake extension, power station, restructuring and extension of a canal, and restructuring of a surge tank, plus coordination with electrical and mechanical engineering.

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