Upgrades at RusHydro’s Saratovskaya hydroelectric plant have increased its output to 1,406 MW, according to the Russian utility.
The work saw Voith Hydro replace Turbine No. 4 with a unit that features five blades instead of four. The unit is also designed to meet current environmental standards, while increasing reliability and safety.
Voith initially signed a deal with RusHydro in September 2011 to modernize Saratovskaya’s first five Kaplan turbines for about US$191 million, though subsequent changes to the contract will allow for all of the facility’s turbines.
HydroWorld.com reported in June that Voith signed a memorandum of understanding with PJSC RusHydro to modernize turbines at the 1,360-MW Saratovskaya hydropower plant.
The deal, signed by officials during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, dictates that the machinery by manufactured in Russia by VolgaHydro LLC — a joint venture between the companies announced in March 2013.
RusHydro and Voith approved preliminary terms of a deal intended to optimize costs associated with rehabilitating the plant last January.
Sarastovskaya will have a cumulative output capacity of about 1,505 MW once the overhaul is complete, RusHydro said.
Saratovskaya is part of the 10,000-MW Volga-Kama cascade, which is located in southwestern Russia.
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