Andritz VA Tech Hydro to equip Canada’s 196-MW East Toba-Montrose

Andritz VA Tech Hydro announced October 19 it received an order from contractor Peter Kiewit Sons Co. to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 196-MW East Toba-Montrose hydroelectric project in British Columbia.

Andritz VA Tech Hydro said the contract, valued at C$55 million (US$57 million), includes a total of four Pelton turbine-generators, digital speed governors, spherical valves, and excitation for the project’s two powerhouses, 123-MW East Toba River and 73-MW Montrose Creek.

Project developer Plutonic Power Corp. and investor-partner GE Energy Financial Services signed a C$497 million (US$477 million) engineering-procurement-construction contract with Kiewit in September. (HNN 9/21/07) The parties expected to complete the financing package by the end of October, with commercial operation of East Toba River by mid-2010 and Montrose Creek by late 2010.

VA Tech Hydro said it is to deliver two 73-MW units to East Toba River and two 44-MW units to Montrose Creek. The plants are to generate an average of 750 GWh per year and to avoid generation of 455,000 tons of greenhouse gases.

Site work already has begun, including 60 kilometers of access roads, 11 bridges, and other infrastructure. Plutonic and GE Energy will finance and operate the C$660 million (US$633 million) run-of-river project.

In September, Kiewit awarded Andritz VA Tech Hydro a US$50 million order to supply a total of 14 turbine-generators to six hydroelectric plants, totaling 151.8 MW, in Cloudworks Energy Inc.’s Harrison Hydro project near Harrison Lake in British Columbia. (HNN 9/21/07)

At that time, Andritz VA Tech Hydro said it would open a new branch office in the Vancouver area in late 2007 to serve the fast pace of hydro development in British Columbia.

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