Russian hydropower company HydroOGK has awarded a 33.2 million euro (US$44.3 million) contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to replace a turbine-generator of the 110-MW Uglichskaya hydroelectric project.
Under turnkey contract, over 30 months, Voith Siemens is to remove the existing 65-MW unit No. 2 and design, install, and commission a 70-MW replacement unit.
Beginning service in 1940, Uglichskaya is the oldest hydro project in the 10,000-MW Volga-Kama hydropower cascade. In 2006, nine international banks joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in providing 6.3 billion rubles (US$240 million) to HydroOGK for rehabilitation of the cascade. (HNN 9/13/06)
HydroOGK said its long-term rehabilitation program anticipates replacement by 2011 of more than 20 hydropower generators, 40 turbines, and 45 transformers. It expects the program to increase capacity by 199 MW for an investment of 45.8 billion rubles (US$1.7 billion).