Rehab contracts awarded for Spanish, Austrian projects totaling 343 MW

Voith Hydro has received a contract to upgrade turbines in a 322-MW hydroelectric complex in Spain and another to modernize a 21-MW hydro project in Austria.

Spanish utility Union Fenosa S.A. awarded a contract to Voith Hydro to supply equipment for vertical Kaplan turbine upgrades in three powerhouses of the Rio Mino complex on the Mino River in Spain.

The scope of supply includes two 56-MW turbines for the 112-MW Castrelo project, two 40-MW units for the 80-MW Velle project, and two 65-MW units for the 130-MW Frieira project. Commissioning is planned for 2010-2013.

Voith to refurbish 21-MW Pernegg

Voith Hydro said it also won a contract from Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG to modernize three main units of the 21-MW Pernegg hydroelectric project on Austria’s Mur River.

Verbund had sought bids in 2008 for equipment refurbishment at Pernegg, with original capacity of 19.2 MW commissioned in 1927. (HNN 4/24/08) The hydropower operator sought refurbishment of Pernegg including planning, model acceptance testing, manufacturing, assembly, testing, and start-up of three Francis turbines, governors, and three 8-megavolt-ampere three-phase generators.

Voith Hydro said it would replace the Francis units with three 7-MW vertical Kaplan turbines and three 10.2-megavolt-ampere generators.

�Although the residual flow will be increased, the new units can realize a significant increase of the overall capacity and the annual energy generation,� Voith Hydro said.

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