Voith Siemens equips Chile’s 163.2-MW La Confluencia

Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation is supplying generating equipment for construction of the 163.2-MW La Confluencia hydroelectric project in central Chile.

Pacific Hydro Ltd. of Australia and Statkraft Norfund Power Invest of Norway (SN Power) began construction of the US$350 million project in January. (HNN 1/25/08)

Under a 38.4 million euro (US$59.6 million) contract, Voith Siemens is supplying two 81.6 MW Francis turbines and generators with a nominal rated output of 95.6 MVa.

It also is supplying spherical valves, automation, mechanical and electrical balance of plant equipment, and other electro-mechanical auxiliaries. The contract also includes a substation, assembly, and supervision of commissioning.

The project is to begin operating in 2010, 62 miles south of Santiago on Chile’s Tinguiririca River. It is to supply power to the transmission grid that serves Chile’s populous central region.

Pacific Hydro and SN Power also are building the 155-MW La Higuera hydroelectric plant in the same region.

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