Ukraine firm to refurbish unit of Georgia’s 46-MW Vartsikhe 2

Ukraine turbine manufacturer Turboatom signed a contract June 2 to supply replacement parts to refurbish one turbine of the 46-MW Vartsikhe 2 hydroelectric plant on Georgia’s Rioni River.

Turboatom said it received a US$2 million contract for extensive renovation of a 23.8-MW adjustable-blade Kaplan turbine, one of two in the plant.

Replacement equipment includes the turbine runner, bearings, shaft packing, and other parts. The unit has a diameter of 5 meters for a head of 14.92 meters.

Vartsikhe is one of four 46-MW plants in the Vartsikhe cascade. In 2006, Georgia’s Cabinet approved sale of the plants to British steel maker Stemcor UK Ltd. for US$57 million. (HNN 9/21/06)

Turboatom first supplied turbines to the Vartsikhe cascade in 1976. Eight Turboatom units currently are installed in the four plants, which were built in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1987.

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