Voith wins Statkraft contract to upgrade hydro turbines in Norway

26 March 2013 (Last Updated March 26th, 2013 18:30)

Germany-based mechanical engineering firm Voith has secured a €10m contract from energy company Statkraft to upgrade six turbines in four different hydropower stations in Norway.

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Germany-based mechanical engineering firm Voith has secured a €10m contract from energy company Statkraft to upgrade six turbines in four different hydropower stations in Norway.

Under the contract, Voith will modernise the turbines in Oevre Roessaaga, Nedre Roessaaga, Baatsvatn and Vessingfoss power stations, all of which were installed between 1955 and 1975.

The sites will receive six new Francis turbines to increase output by about 10%.

Voith Hydro president and CEO Dr Roland Munch said; "With Statkraft as our customer we have been cooperating excellently in Europe's leading hydropower market."

Statkraft operates over 140 hydropower stations in Norway and plans to upgrade many of its older plants over the next few years.

Norway is the sixth largest hydroelectricity producer in the world, with around 99% of the country's electricity generated from hydropower.

In January 2013, Voith secured several major orders worth €185m to modernise hydropower plants in Brazil and China.

In China, the company will revamp the San Men Xia hydropower plant, including two 50MW turbines, related components and automation elements.

In Brazil, the firm has overhauled the Salto Santiago and Passo Fundo power plants, on behalf of energy utility Tractebel Energia.

Voith has presence in about 50 countries around the globe, and the serves energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transport, and automotive markets.


Image: Norwegian hydropower stations will receive six new Francis turbines. Photo: Courtesy of Af3.

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