Italy utility awards equipment upgrade for 174-MW Monte Sant’Angelo

Utility Endesa Italia has awarded a contract to VA Tech Escher Wyss S.r.l. to supply equipment for modernization of the 174-MW Monte Sant’Angelo hydroelectric plant in Italy.

Andritz VA Tech Hydro reported its unit received a contract valued at 26 million euros (US$41 million) to supply two vertical Francis turbine-generators of 87 MW each as well as new hydraulic and digital governor systems, static excitation, complete plant automation, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system. The work is to be completed in 2010.

Monte Sant’Angelo is part of the Galleto hydropower project. In 2007, VA Tech Escher Wyss won contracts from Endesa Italia totaling 60 million euros (US$81 million) to rehabilitate hydro plants in Galleto, Baschi, and Alviano totaling 53.2 MW. (HNN 5/3/07)

Due to introduction of an energy stock market and �green� certificates in Italy, Andritz VA Tech Hydro said modernization of hydro projects in Italy has become economically attractive, with orders being received for various turbine types.

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