Hidroelectrica begins modernization work at Romania’s Iron Gates project

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Hidroelectrica signed the sectoral procurement contract June 17 to modernize the electrical installations related to the hydromechanical equipment and the hydraulic drive installation connected to the Iron Gates I overflow dam.

The work, initially estimated by Hidroelectrica at RON65,236,791 VAT excluded (US$15.8 million), was awarded to a joint venture of DSD Noell GmbH (leader) and UTI Facility Management for RON57,145,610 VAT excluded (US$13.8 million), as a result of a public procurement procedure.

“The contract resumes the series of major investments at the Iron Gates, after the modernization of the SCADA systems in the control rooms of the Iron Gates and II power plants – investment of about 3.14 million lei, modernization of the monitoring and diagnosis system of Iron Gates I – investment of approx. 10 million lei in progress, and the start of additional protection works at the heat sink at Iron Gates, an investment also estimated at 58 million lei,” said Bogdan Badea, president of Hidroelectrica.

“The works undertaken today are of structural importance for the Hidroelectrica’s Iron Gates objective and come to solve the problem of physical and moral wear of some components of the overflow dam and do not stop there. Equipment which exceeded service life will be replaced, some have been in use for over 50 years, with modern equipment, which incorporates the latest technologies and which allows automation of operation, electronic monitoring and control, computerization.”

At the end of the work, Hidroelectrica expects to extend the life cycle and operation of the equipment, while obtaining a major boost in terms of operational safety of the equipment.

The modernization of electrical installations connected to the hydromechanical equipment and to the hydraulic actuation installation connected to the overflow dam Iron Gates I includes the provision of design services, hydromechanical actuation installations, electrical equipment, automation systems and integration in SCADA, construction, installations and architecture. Also, the elements within the modernization contract involve project management activities: coordinating the works, services, procurement/manufacturing/procurement activities, delivery, testing, verification and commissioning, with the observance of all requirements of quality, health and safety at work and the protection of environment deriving from the national and European Union requirements.

Hidroelectrica has a total installed generating capacity of 6,372 MW.

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