ANDRITZ has received an order from EPC contractors McConnell Dowell and John Holland to supply the electromechanical equipment for the 250-MW Kidston Stage 2 pumped storage plant in North Queensland, Australia.
Kidston, owned and developed by Genex Power, will be one of the world’s first to be co-located with a solar plant. Commissioning of the pumped storage plant is expected in 2024.
ANDRITZ will design, manufacture, supply, transport, erect and commission two 125-MW reversible pump-turbine units, as well as provide full operation and maintenance services for more than 10 years.
The pumped storage plant will be developed by using two open pits from an abandoned gold mine. Once filled with water, it will operate as a closed-loop system and generate, store and dispatch renewable energy on demand during peak periods, capable of supplying enough sustainable and clean electrical energy for more than 280,000 Australian households. Additionally, the plant can be operated in a synchronous condenser mode to provide grid services such as reactive power management and synchronous inertia.
ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. ANDRITZ Hydro is a supplier of electromechanical equipment and services for hydropower plants, with an installed fleet of more than 470 GW.