Andritz Hydro receives Muskrat Falls hydro turbine contract

Andritz Hydro has received an order worth more than US$170 million from Nalcor Energy to supply hydro turbines and generator units for Canada’s 824-MW Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

Andritz (OP: ADRZF) said the order includes four 209-MW Kaplan turbines and four synchronous generators, in addition to governors, static excitation systems, and monitoring, protection and control equipment.

The company said commissioning is scheduled for 2017.

The $7.4 billion Muskrat Falls hydropower plant is part of the Lower Churchill complex, which could also eventually include the 2,250-MW Gull Island project. Both would be located on the Churchill River in Labrador.

HydroWorld.com reported that the plant received an official go-ahead from Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale in December 2012, following decades of controversy.

Multiple studies have defended Muskrat Falls, however, as the least-cost option for future power generation.

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