First unit arrives to refurbish Romania’s 53-MW Ipotesti

The first new 14-MW bulb turbine has arrived on site for refurbishment of the 53-MW Ipotesti hydroelectric project on Romania’s Lower Olt River.

Romanian authorities and officials of utility Hidroelectrica S.A. joined officials of the refurbishment consortium for a ceremony witnessing the unloading of the first new unit. Refurbishment also includes auxiliary equipment and local and remote controls.

Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation is consortium leader and Andritz VA Tech Hydro is general contractor for the project. Subcontractors to the consortium include Romanian firms UCM Resita, SAEM Energomontaj, Hidroserv Slatina, and General Turbo.

The work at Ipotesti is part of the refurbishment of all hydro-mechanical equipment in five hydro plants on the Lower Olt. The contract includes 20 machines to be commissioned by September 2010.

In 2002, it was reported Hidroelectrica signed a contract valued at US$204 million with Voith Siemens, VA Tech Hydro, and Alstom to rehabilitate hydro projects on the Lower Olt and to build the new 20-MW Islaz hydro project. In January, Hidroelectrica signed a US$101.7 million contract with Voith Siemens for refurbishment of the 510-MW Lotru-Ciunget hydro plant on the Lotru River. (HNN 1/8/07)

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