Power Machines begins turbine renovations at Latvia’s 192-MW Kegums 2 hydroelectric plant

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Russian manufacturer Power Machines has begun a renovation of three generating units at Latvia’s 192-MW Kegums 2 hydropower plant.

The agreement, signed by Power Machines and owner Latvenergo AS in February 2014, includes the design, manufacture and supply of upgrades for units 5, 6 and 7 — each of which will have a new maximum output capacity of 77.8 MW.

Power Machines will also provide an automated control system and engineering, commissioning and performance testing services.

The first rehabilitated unit is expected to go on line next year, with the last scheduled for commissioning in 2018.

Kegums 2 is part of a complex that also includes the 65-MW Kegums 1. The hydroelectric projects were completed in 1979 and 1940, respectively, and are part of a Latvenergo AS modernization initiative that also includes the 868.5-MW Plavinas.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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