Consortium to modernize Germany’s 120-MW Waldeck 1

E.ON Wasserkraft has awarded a 40 million euro (US$47.5 million) contract to a consortium of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation and Bilfinger Berger of Germany to modernize the 120-MW Waldeck 1 pumped-storage project on the Eder River in Germany’s Hesse State.

Bilfinger Berger is to build a new complex adjoining the Waldeck 1 station, while Voith Siemens will supply a new 74-MW reversible pump-turbine, with motor-generator, shut-off valves, start-up converter, transformer, and process control. Voith Siemens said its share of the contract is 24 million euros (US$28.5 million).

The consortium was among three bidders for the work.

Last year, Voith Siemens received a contract to supply command and control and automation systems for refurbishment of the nearby 440-MW Waldeck 2 pumped-storage project. E.ON Wasserkraft, the hydro power division of E.ON utility group, also awarded contracts to Voith Siemens and VA Tech Escher Wyss for refurbishment of Waldeck 2 pump-turbine equipment and globe valves.

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