India state awards contract for 230-MW Varahi 2

Karnataka Power Corp. Ltd. (KPCL) has awarded a 2 billion rupee (US$44.75 million) contract for turnkey construction of the 230-MW Varahi 2 project, adding two additional 115-MW generating units at the site of the existing 230-MW Varahi hydroelectric project.

Andritz VA Tech Hydro said KPCL awarded the contract to a consortium of VA Tech Hydro GmbH, VA Tech Hydro India Pvt. Ltd., and VA Tech Escher Wyss Flovel Ltd. for engineering, procurement, and construction, plus financing for the project. The contract is to take 28 months.

Work includes two 115-MW Pelton turbine-generators with digital governors, butterfly valve, steel penstock linings, transformers, cables, and switchyard equipment to be installed in the Varahi underground powerhouse. Additionally, the VA Tech Hydro consortium is to provide renovation and modernization of existing facilities and remote operation of the 9-MW Mani Dam powerhouse 20 kilometers away.

The original Varahi was completed in 1989-1990 on the Varahi River at Hosangadi in Kundapura Talak, Udupi District of Karnataka State. Mani Dam powerhouse was built in 1993.

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