Voith completes first turbine replacement at RusHydro’s Saratovskaya hydroelectric plant

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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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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