Voith, Argentinian university to study potential for hydropower plant upgrades

Global manufacturing company Voith and Argentina’s National University of La Plata have signed a collaborative agreement to study the potential for uprating and modernizing hydroelectric power infrastructure in the South American country.

The agreement, formulated during a diplomatic visit that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and assorted officials from the Germany-based company, will see Voith and UNLP prepare the study “for the ultimate purpose of providing the Argentine government with information regarding the potential of such improvements.”

These improvements will focus on rehabilitation and repairs aimed at improving plant service lives, restoring power generation and bettering system reliability, Voith said, while also increasing operational efficiency in Argentina.

“We are glad to be working with the National University of La Plata, and to be able to contribute to the development of a clean, renewable future for Latin America,” Voith Hydro President and CEO Uwe Wehnhardt said.

Hydropower accounts for about 30% of Argentina’s energy mix, providing a cumulative 10 GW to the country’s grids, per data from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook. The country is the third-largest in South America, and also its third in terms of overall energy consumption.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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