GE awarded contract to upgrade generators at Switzerland’s 69-MW Mottec hydroelectric plant


GE Renewable Energy has signed a contract with Forces Motrices de la Gougra SA to replace three horizontal motor generators at the 69-MW Mottec hydroelectric plant in Switzerland.

According to a company release, General Electric‘s Small Hydro Center of Excellence will be responsible for the generators’ design, while manufacturing will take place at its new plant in Bilbao, Spain. The first unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2018.

“We are happy to work closely with Forces Motrices de la Gougra SA and to bring our technical knowledge and experience to their project,” GE Hydro Solutions president and CEO Yves Rannou said. “This deal strengthens our position to the small hydro market.”

Mottec was completed in 1959 and is located in the southern Canton of Valais. The rehabilitation will increase its output capacity to 88 MW.

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