Quality assurance contractor named for Austria’s 480-MW Limberg 2

Verbund Austrian Hydro Power has awarded a contract for oversight of equipment installation at the 480-MW Limberg 2 pumped-storage project in Austria.

WPK Werkstoff-Planung-Kontroll Ges.m.b.H of Austria was named to provide quality assurance services for generating equipment and water diversion equipment during project execution. The contract is to run from 2007-2011.

WPK won the contract, valued at 800,000 euros (US$1 million), in competition with one other bidder.

Verbund plans to build an underground powerhouse containing two motor-generators as part of the Glockner Kaprun scheme, near the 240-MW Kaprun project. Limberg 2 is to employ the existing storage reservoirs of Mooserboden and Wasserfallboden.

Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation reported in April the successful model testing for two 240-MW pump-turbines it is to supply. (HNN 4/16/07) In 2006, Verbund awarded contracts to Andritz VA Tech Hydro to supply the two motor-generators, excitation systems, and steel tunnel linings of the pressure shaft and the high-head manifold. Siemens AG Osterreich is to supply switchgear. Andritz said commissioning of the first 240-MW unit is scheduled for autumn 2011, with full commercial operation in March 2012.

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