Voith Hydro to equip China hydropower projects

Voith Hydro has signed contracts with two China-based utilities to supply equipment for their hydropower projects, Voith Hydro reported.

For the extension of Da Tang YanTan Hydro Power Company’s existing Yan Tan hydropower project, located at the Hongshui River in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Voith will supply the generators for two 340-MW units.

Huanghe Hydro Power Development Company is building the Yang Qu hydropower plant on the Yellow River and selected Voith Hydro for the supply of three Francis turbines with an output of 40O MW each. The overall value of both contracts is about EUR40 million (US$56.6 million).

With these two projects 1,880 MW of new power generation capacity will be installed.

In other news, Germany’s Rheinkraftwerk Sackingen AG has awarded Voith Hydro a contract for refurbishment of four turbines of the 73.6-MW Sackingen hydroelectric project on the Rhine River.

The hydro project operator seeks disassembly and complete refurbishment of the four 18.4-MW turbines, each a Kaplan unit of 7.4 meters in diameter. Work includes renewal of all wearing parts, machine automation, governors, static excitation and protection equipment.

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Voith Hydro to equip Decew Falls hydro project in Canada

Voith Hydro Canada has won a contract to supply equipment for the Decew Falls 1 hydropower project, Voith Hydro reported.

Operator Ontario Power Generation is overhauling the plant that has been supplying electricity to the grid for more than a century. Voith will supply the turbine runner, shaft and wicket gates of Unit 8. The overhaul will be complete in early 2012.

Voith also had been the original equipment supplier for Decew Falls 1. Early in the 20th century, the owner, Hamilton Cataract Power Company, ordered four turbine units in Heidenheim for the plant located in direct vicinity to the Niagara falls. With delivery from 1904 to 1912, these units were amongst the first ones Voith supplied to North America.

Decew Falls was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame in 1998. The Hydro Hall of Fame, established in 1995, recognizes hydro achievement throughout North America, with a special emphasis on long-lasting hydro facilities. To date, 27 plants have been inducted into the hall. Member projects are located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Together, this prestigious group demonstrates the long-lasting and significant contributions of hydroelectric plants. 

In other news, Voith Hydro, as the leader in a consortium with Siemens Portugal, recently secured a EUR122 million (about US$161 million) contract from Energias de Portugal to supply the complete electromechanical equipment for two reversible pumped-storage units at Portugal’s Venda Nova III project.

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