Group to refurbish units of Venezuela’s 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar

Utility CVG Electrificacion del Caroni (Edelca) has awarded a 100 million euro (US$129 million) contract for rehabilitation of five turbine-generators of the 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project on Venezuela’s Caroni River.

Andritz VA Tech Hydro said its VA Tech Escher Wyss unit won the contract in consortium with a Brazilian unit of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation. Andritz said the contract amount would be shared nearly equally between the consortium partners.

Simon Bolivar, the former Raul Leoni or Guri hydro project, has two powerhouses of 10 turbines each, which are being modernized at a rate of two per year. (HNN 3/7/06) The current contract calls for rehabilitation of five 770-MW Francis turbines with a diameter of 7.3 meters and weighing 200 tons.

VA Tech’s portion of the contract includes supply and installation of three turbine runners and other turbine components, Andritz said.

The Simon Bolivar project was renamed for the Venezuelan hero in 2006 by President Hugo Chavez. Chavez also renamed the 2,160-MW Caruachi the Francisco de Miranda (HNN 4/4/06), the 2,160-MW Tocoma the Manuel Piar (HNN 1/24/07), and the 2,910-MW Veinte y Tres de Enero complex (Macagua 1-3) the Antonio Jose de Sucre.

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