German technology group Voith has secured a contract valued at around €40m to modernise parts of ENGIE’s 360MW Ffestiniog Power Station in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Under the deal, Voith will manufacture, install, and commission two units of the plant. The contract also includes an option for the refurbishment of two additional units.

Design, planning, and component production work is expected to begin immediately, while onsite construction is expected to start by the end of next year.

Modernisation work is scheduled to be completed by early 2020.

"The refurbishment of the Ffestiniog Power Station is a major commitment to infrastructure development in Wales."

When completed, the mid-life-refurbishment will enable Ffestiniog to react more quickly to grid requirements and is expected to extend the design life of the plant by another 20 years.

ENGIE UK and Ireland CEO Wilfrid Petrie said: “The refurbishment of the Ffestiniog Power Station is a major commitment to infrastructure development in Wales.”

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The pumped-storage plant was commissioned in 1963. It is a part of the 2GW first hydro pumped storage operation and is capable of producing enough electricity to power North Wales for several hours.

Image: Ffestiniog Power Station in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Voith.