ANDRITZ HYDRO has been awarded a contract by state-owned utility Ukrhydroenergo for modernisation of the Dnipro 1 hydropower station on Dnieper River, Ukraine.

The project is part of a rehabilitation programme financed by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Contract value for ANDRITZ HYDRO amounts to approximately €60m. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of 2021.

ANDRITZ HYDRO’s scope of supply includes the complete rehabilitation of three 75MW Francis turbines and generators, including dismantling, supply of new equipment, installation, and testing. Except for the embedded parts, all major components will be replaced by new equipment. Modernisation will increase the output from 64MW to 75MW and substantially enhance reliability and safety. A hydraulic model test will allow optimum performance of new turbines to be defined and demonstrated within the geometric conditions of the existing powerhouse.

Ukrhydroenergo owns and operates nine hydropower stations with a total of 102 turbine generator sets and a capacity of 5,744MW on rivers Dnieper and Dniester. After completion of this rehabilitation programme, the company’s contribution to the country’s electricity supply will be more than 15%. Dnipro 1 was the first hydropower plant on the Dnieper River and was built between 1927 and 1932.

ANDRITZ HYDRO has been present in Ukraine for a long time and is part of international technology Group ANDRITZ. The present project further strengthens its position in the growing hydropower market.