Voith reported recently it has won a €40 million (US$46.9 million) contract to modernize part of the 360-MW Ffestiniog pumped storage plant in Snowdonia, North Wales.
Voith will manufacture, install and commission two units, with an operation for the refurbishment of two more units at a later date.
Design, planning and component production work is due to start immediately, and work on site is expected to start at the end of 2018. The refurbishment is set to be complete by early 2020, Voith says.
The Ffestiniog plant, operated by ENGIE, was commissioned in 1963. The four units have a combined capacity of 360 MW. This “mid-life refurbishment” will extend the design life of the units for at least 20 years.
“The refurbishment of the Ffestiniog Power Station is a major commitment to infrastructure development in Wales,” said Wilfrid Petrie, chief executive officer of ENGIE UK and Ireland. “We are delighted to announce this investment in Ffestiniog and our partnership with Voith to deliver this important project.”
Voith says the “technical solution” it offered “allows a higher flexibility of the unit as well as the extension of the operating band of the power plant.”
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