Swedish firm to refurbish 50-MW Stensele, 170-MW Hojum

Finshyttan Hydro Power AB has received orders from GE Hydro Inepar AB to renovate the 50-MW Stensele and 170-MW Hojum hydroelectric projects in Sweden.

Finshyttan’s parent, Morphic Technologies of Sweden, said the contracts are valued at 7 million kronor (US$1.18 million). Utility Vattenfall AB owns both plants.

Finshyttan received an order for renovation of turbine details for Stensele, on the Umealven River. Stensele dates from 1960 and consists of a 50-MW Kaplan turbine. Renovation is to be performed between June and August.

Finshyttan also is to renovate the external idler wheel cover of the Hojum plant, on the Gota Alv River at Trollhattan. The unit has a diameter of 7.1 meters and weighs 42 tons.

Hojum was built in 1943 with two Kaplan turbines. A third unit was added in 1992. GE Energy (Sweden) AB received a contract in 2006 to upgrade a Kaplan turbine to handle a flow of 210 cubic meters per second, up from 190 cms, and to increase efficiency. (HNN 10/3/06)

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