Contract awarded for extension of Austria’s 63-MW Hieflau

Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG has awarded a contract to an Austrian firm for diversion structure equipment for an extension of the 63-MW Hieflau hydroelectric project on Austria’s Enns River.

Verbund awarded a 2.3 million euro (US$3.4 million) contract to Urbas Maschinenfabrik GmbH for supply and installation of diversion structure equipment including a valve chamber, surge tank, and pressure pipeline. Work is to be performed between July 2009 and October 2009.

Urbas was one of three bidders for the work. (HNN 2/25/08)

Verbund took bids in June for switchgear for the Hieflau extension. (HNN 6/9/08) In May, it awarded contracts to Austrian firms for design services, site supervision, and construction. 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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