SSE awards contract for 20-MW Mucomir hydropower plant upgrades

Global technology group Voith has won a contract from U.K.-based energy company SSE to modernize the 20-MW Mucomir small hydropower plant in Scotland.

Per the contract, Voith is to oversee the construction, installation and commissioning of Mucomir’s turbine, as well as the replacement of digital governors, hydraulic units and a refurbishment of its generator.

“The modernization work will be done during a shutdown,” Voith Hydro Germany project manager Carsten Fleck said. “In respect of the fabrication and installation of the components, the tight schedule is challenging. However, thanks to our experience and close collaboration with plant operator SSE, we will be able to successfully complete the project within the scheduled time period.”

The upgrades are intended in part to help Mucomir meet environmental standards, with a new turbine runner designed to decrease negative impacts on fish.

“The modernization will help ensure the economic viability of the power plant while taking account of ecological aspects and using the most effective technological solutions,” SSE Hydro Asset Manager Peter Diver said.

Mucomir was completed in 1962 and is part of SSE’s Great Glen hydropower scheme. Work is expected to be complete in Fall 2017. Financial details of the contract were not disclosed. reported in July that Voith and its North American subsidiary, Voith Hydro, had been awarded a pair of contracts to perform work at Belgium’s 1,164-MW Coo-Trois-Ponts pumped-storage plant and the 956-MW Priest Rapids plant in the United States.

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