Andritz Hydro to supply equipment for Assiut project

ASSIUT, Egypt 1/9/12 (PennWell) — Andritz Hydro was awarded a US$137.9 million contract by the Egyptian Ministries of Energy and Water Resources to supply equipment for installation of a 32-MW hydroelectric facility at the Assiut barrage on the Nile River.

Andritz will supply and install four bulb turbines, generators, and the electrical and hydromechanical equipment for the facility.

Bulb units can be particularly efficient in areas with low heads and high flow rates, which makes them well suited for the Assiut project, according to an Andritz release. The turbine runners have a 5.6 meter diameter were produced mainly in Andritz Hydro’s Germany and Austria workshops.

The Assiut barrage is the oldest dam in the Egyptian section of the Nile River. It was completed in 1902. Installation of the hydro project is being conducted as part of a rebuild of the barrage that involves building a new barrage 200 to 300 meters downstream from the original. This rebuild will improve conditions for irrigation and shipping.

The project is expected to begin operating by 2017.

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Andritz Hydro to supply turbines, generators to Mica hydropower plant in Canada

Andritz Hydro has received an order from British Columbia Hydro & Power Authority to supply two Francis turbines and generators to expand the Mica hydropower plant in British Columbia, Canada.

The order comes into force in the first quarter of 2011 and has a value of approximately EUR110 million (about US154 million) Andritz Hydro reported.

The Andritz Hydro scope of supply includes installation and commissioning of two Francis turbines, each with an output of 520.3 MW and a runner diameter of 5,600 mm.

The Mica hydropower station was first commissioned 1976, with four 444-MW Francis turbines and generators. Provision was made during the original building work for two additional units to be installed in the current extension project.

Recently, Andritz received orders to supply the electromechanical equipment for the new hydropower plants Hissmofors, Sweden, and Pare, India, as well as for the refurbishment of the existing hydropower plants Hills Creek, USA, and Rio Macho, Costa Rica.

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