Voith Hydro wins equipment contract for Rodund II hydro plant rehab

Voith Hydro has won a contract to supply equipment to rehabilitate the Rodund II hydropower plant in Austria, which was damaged during a fire last summer, Voith announced.

Voith Hydro’s scope of supply comprises a reversible pump turbine, an air-cooled motor-generator and its related ancillary equipment. The contract is worth 40 million euros (US$49.31 million).

Furthermore, the plant, operated by Voralberger Illwerke, will see an economical optimization and an upgraded energy management system. The output in turbine mode will be increased from 276 to 295 megawatts. The old unit had been in operation since 1976. Only the power house, the spiral case as well as the draft tube and some mechanical auxiliary equipment will remain in place, Voith reported.

Dr. Leopold Heninger, CEO of Voith Hydro’s Austrian Operating Unit, said: “The pump turbine for Rodund II is characterized by its quick start-up, short response times and its high efficiency. It will play an important role for grid stabilization. We have a special challenge in this project: With the commissioning of the unit by the end of 2011, we have to deal with a very short delivery time. But I am sure we will master this tight schedule very well.”

Utilizing a head of about 350 meters, Rodund II generates peak load and regulating electricity. It is located in the Austrian Montafon area and converts the water volumes of the Kops, Silvretta, Luenersee and Vermuntsee reservoirs.

In other news, the Waldeck 1 pumped-storage hydropower plant in Germany has officially been inaugurated, Voith Hydro Inc. reported. Voith Hydro, together with the consortium partner for civil construction, Bilfinger Berger, developed the overall technical concept for the hydro plant.

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