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07/12 2022: Kidston PSPP, Australia – Moving forward

 Currently, the first components for Kidston PSP are arriving from abroad, all embedded parts for two pump turbines such as the draft tube, the draft tube gate, the spiral case and the stay ring were successfully delivered to the site storage in October 2022.

Other deliveries for the plant are scheduled till mid-summer 2023. We informed some weeks ago.

The 250 MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) is the first pumped hydro project in Australia for over 40 years, the first to be developed by the private sector, and the third largest electricity storage device in the country. ANDRITZ is supplying the complete electro-mechanical equipment including a 10-year-O&M contract for this prestigious project.

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20/10 2022: Gulpur, Pakistan – Festive inauguration ceremony

On September 28th, 2022, the inauguration ceremony of the 102 MW Gulpur run-of-river plant in Pakistan was held at site in the in the state of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan.

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The ceremony was chaired by Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira (Advisor to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan) and was co-chaired by Mr. Kim Hoe Chun (CEO, KOEN). Moreover, the ceremony was attended by almost 475 guests including project sponsors, lenders, advisors, representatives of the Pakistan government, the government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, and the local community.

The owner, Mira Power Ltd. – a special purpose company of the Korea Southeast Power Company Limited (KOEN) – entered the turnkey EPC contract with Daelim/Lotte. ANDRITZ signed the contract with the Korean Joint Venture Daelim/Lotte for the supply of electromechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment in December 2015. The contract scope for ANDRITZ comprised the entire electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment for the power plant including two vertical Kaplan turbine-generator sets with a power output of 51 MW / 64.7 MVA each, as well as complete plant control and automation and electrical power systems, and auxiliary equipment. Design, manufacturing, test, supply, installation, and commissioning as well as training for the nominated O&M team rounded out the contract.

ANDRITZ mobilized the site in April 2016. Energization of the interconnection facilities took place in November 2019 and synchronization was completed in February 2020. After the reliability run test was also successfully completed, the power plant started commercial operation in March 2020. ANDRITZ is proud to state that as of 30-Sep-2022, we had 1,390,470 safe man hours without LTI (Lost Time Injury).

Gulpur is helping to improve the stability of the Pakistani national grid with the use of green energy from hydropower. ANDRITZ is proud to be part of this project.

Read more about the project.

Project Details: 
Total output: 102MW
Scope: 2 x 51 MW Kaplan
Net Head: 56.7 m
Dam: H: 66.5 m, L: 205 m
Design flow: 201 m3/sec
Tunnel length: 2 x 160.3m

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16/09 2022: Pac Ma Hydropower Project in Vietnam - Four units into operation!

On August 31st, 2022, all four units of the Pac Ma hydropower project - the largest Bulb turbine project in Southeast Asia - were put in operation successful.

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The project has really gone to the completion perfectly thanks to the commitment of all parties involved.

It is an amazing success of four units from commissioning into operation within only two months and it proves the high quality of electromechanical equipment by ANDRITZ - from design to manufacture to installation to commissioning – everything went smooth and successful.

Here the timeline of the commissioning:

  • July 3rd: Client got approval on energization of transmission line, whole GIS, unit 3 and unit 4 main transformer.
  • July 15th: Unit 4 completed 72 hours trail run successfully and put into commercial operation.
  • July 16th: Unit 3 completed 72 hours trail run successfully and put into commercial operation.
  • August 05th: Client got the approval on energization of unit 1 and unit 2 main transformer.
  • August 19th: Unit 1 completed 72 hours trail run successfully and put into commercial operation.
  • August 30th: Unit 2 completed 72 hours trail run successfully and is ready to put into commercial operation.

It is a wonderful cooperation result by all parties involved in the project: the PAC MA client, the installation company Coma26, ANDRITZ China, ANDRITZ Vietnam, ANDRITZ Austria in Weiz and Linz. From management to the site staff, all contributed professional technology, expertise and positive contractual spirit.

Technical details:
Total Output: 176 MVA
Scope: 4 × 44 MVA from Unit to GIS 
Voltage: 13.8 kV
Head: 14.19m
Speed: 107.14rpm
Runner diameter: 6200mm

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07/09 2022: ANDRITZ receives contract to deliver electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for Ialy hydropower plant extension project, Vietnam

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Vietnam Electricity (EVN), a leading economic group in the energy sector in Vietnam, to supply the complete electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for the Ialy hydropower plant extension project located in Sa Thay district, Kon Tum province, and Chu Pah district, Gia Lai province, in Vietnam.

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With the installation of the expansion, the total installed capacity of the Ialy hydropower plant will be increased by more than 30 % to 1,080 MW. The project is expected to be completed in 2025.

Read more in the press release


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24/08 2022:  The spiral case and stay ring for Unit 3 of Shaanxi Zhen An Project successfully passed the Factory Acceptance Test.

On July 22, 2022, the spiral case and stay ring for Unit 3 of Shaanxi Zhen An Pumped Storage Power Station has successfully passed the Factory Acceptance Test and will be shipped to the project site shortly.

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Since 2021, there were multiple uncertainties caused by Covid-19, such as the shortage of raw materials, the impeded logistics and the workshop lockdown in Yangtze River Delta Region, ANDRITZ has overcome such difficulties by redoubling its efforts, actively organizing manpower and material resources, and optimizing its manufacturing process so as to complete the manufacture of this key component on time with quality guaranteed, laying a solid foundation for the further execution of the project at site.

Shaanxi Zhen An Pumped Storage Power Station is located in Yuehe Town, Zhen An County, Shaanxi Province. It is a major project of State Grid Corporation of China to serve the revitalization and development of old impoverished areas, the optimization of energy structure and the implementation of western development strategy. It is also the first pumped storage power station built in northwest China. The power station is composed of the upper reservoir, the lower reservoir, the water transmission system, the underground power plant, the switchyard, and other structures. The total installed capability is 1400 MW, with each reversible pumped storge unit rated at 350MW. It is designed to generate 2.341 billion kWh of electricity per year and is connected to Shaanxi power grid with voltage of 330 kV. It is scheduled to be completed and put into operation by 2024. So far, the pumped storage units for this project provided by ANDRITZ are the largest ones in its reference in terms of unit output. In addition, the supply scope also includes the excitation system, the governor, the static frequency conversion starting device, the disconnector switch, the relay protection, and computer monitoring system, etc.

As one of the globally leading suppliers of hydro generating equipment and services, ANDRITZ cherishes Chinese hydropower market and attaches great importance to Xinyuan company. ANDRITZ will continually invest more resources to Zhen An project and spare no effort to push ahead the design and manufacturing under the principle of ensuring project quality, the project schedule, the on-time site installation and timely commercial operation.

Technical data:
Total output: 1,400MW
Scope: 4×350MW
Water head: 440m
Voltage: 18kV

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22/07 2022: Pac Ma Hydropower Project in Vietnam - First Unit Synchronized

On 6th of July in Pac Ma Hydro Power Station: the first unit (Unit 4) was successfully synchronized, and there are three more to go!

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The commissioning team had achieved the first turn of unit 4 back on January 18th, 2022, but the synchronization of the first unit had been pending until July of 2022. This was due to COVID-19 impact and civil construction delay because the process of energizing of the transmission line was postponed by relevant authorities.

Although the delay of the transmission line was unexpected and the site resource were limited due to the project extension, ANDRITZ team kept pushing the site progress tightly and closely with client:

  • February 2022: The last unit stator assembly was successfully completed, thus ANDRITZ was awarded with a bonus from client for the successful acceleration of four units stator assembly work. 
  • End of March: The second unit (Unit 3) installation was completed and in April, it was ready for synchronization. 
  • May: The third unit (Unit 1) installation was completed.
  • End of May: Three milestones of the last unit (Unit 2) were achieved, the lowering of the runner hub, lowering of the bulb, and lowering of the rotor.
  • June: The third units (Unit 1) dry commissioning was completed, but the wet commissioning could not proceed due to the gates’ overhaul.
  • June 30th: Client got the permission of transmission line energization.
  • July 3rd: Transmission line, GIS, main transformers, and station service system energized successfully. 
  • July 6th: First unit (Unit 4) was successfully synchronized, and the 3-day-trial run commenced.

Meanwhile the stator and the bulb including the hatch cover of last unit (Unit 2) were installed, which means the last unit is also near completion.

We expect all four units to be put into operation within the next two months, meaning an impressive and overwhelming history-marking feat in the hydropower industry: four units in operation within only two months!

Technical details: 
Total Output: 176 MW
Scope: 4 × 44 MW from Unit to GIS
Voltage: 13.8 kV
Head: 14.19m
Speed: 107.14rpm
Runner diameter: 6200mm

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23/06 2022: Xekaman 3, Laos - Successful Completion of Two Units

The Xekaman 3 hydropower project is a refurbishment project which suffered serious overflooding on plant site after a 5-year operation.

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Combined investigation results with optimized refurbishment methods, extraordinary effort, and top tier technology the ANDRITZ team could overcome numerous hinderances and problems and finally successfully execute the execution of both units of this hydropower plant on the Nam Pagnou River, which is highly commended by the client. 

Besides the COVID pandemic and lockdowns, limitation of transportation, and shortages of supplies, one of the biggest challenges were that the powerhouse foundation was found going tapper 0.08 mm/ meter. This was rectified by the ANDRITZ site team while guiding erection and installation which resulted in no vibrations and no need of balancing the units during commissioning.

The refurbishment contract was split into two parts. The first contract for the main turbine, generator and MIV, the second contract for automation, electrical equipment, and for service of guiding the assembly, installation and the complete commissioning.

With maximum personal commitment from the ANDRITZ teams on-site, the clients’ goal to reach power generation as soon as possible was supported: unit 1 put was put into operation on May 18th, 2022, unit 2 on May 30th, 2022, one and half month ahead of the contract date. The completion certificates of the two units after the 72-hours trail run have been received.

We are very proud of the teams and their personal commitment on executing the project under such tough circumstances and living conditions.

Site Manager and Turbine supervisor Mr. Xie Qiang: 

At 5:40 PM on May 30th, with a burst of applause in the central control room, U2 officially entered 72-hours trial operation, so far realized the dual machine full load operation, my heart was full of pride and joy, but also instantly felt the release of a lot of fatigue and pressure. Although I have been working on the project site for more than 9 months continuously, I still had to face the risk of the epidemic and the difficult living conditions, but I have overcome these difficulties and insisted on doing the work well. Now I feel that all the efforts are worth it, which makes me stronger and gain more experience.

As a SM, I am not so rich in experience yet, and the challenges have been polishing my skills along the way. During this process, I am very grateful for the support and understanding of the whole project team for my work, especially for the trust in me from the management and giving me this rare opportunity to challenge and improve myself.

Test team leader and EPS EV&CE Mr. Han Xiaoyi: 

I will be retiring with October this year. Now, I can say the success of project Xekaman 3 completes my career. I’m so delighted to work with the young team and share my experience with them, and they keep me energized at the same time.

AT SE and Control CE Mr. Lin Zhenhua: 
I am mostly driven by my eagerness to reunite with my family as I have a new-born. I am happy my hard work paid off, and the task is done ahead of time, so I can go home earlier with a light heart.

Protection CE Mr. Li Gang:

We can always create magic!

Generator SV&CE Mr. Padmanaban: 

We did it! Even the foundation was inclined, we rectified and balanced it during installation, the result reached as vibration is very lower even from first start. Amazing. But six days a week, 10 hours a day, working at site (without any local holidays) is very tough to the body, I survived, but it is not advisable.

Governor CE Mr. Imsan: 

I’m from Andritz Indonesia. I jumped from the Nam Tehun1 project site to Xekaman 3 site, and I found it is very easy to carry out my duty with the support from Chinese and Indian and Vietnamese colleagues. A successful example of “One ANDRITZ”!  

Technical details: 
Total Output: 255 MW
Scope : 2 × 127.5 MW
Voltage  : 15.75 kV
Head : 456.77 m
Speed : 500 rpm
Runner diameter : 1,601mm

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March 2022: Thac Ca 1, Vietnam – Successful completion of project in difficult circumstances

On 22nd of February 2022, the Preliminary Acceptance Certificate (PAC) for Thac Ca 1 HPP was granted by the project owner and the power plant started officially commercial operation.

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Since the commencement of the project, the COVID-19 pandemic, earthquake, and the complex geologic structure have made the construction on site more difficult and forced the client to do some additional investments. To obtain an additional loan from the Bank, the client promised to run the first unit of the power station on 18th of January 2022, as a token to demonstrate their loan repayment capacity. Bank representatives have witnessed the first run as well.

However, when the client made the agreement with the bank, the actual site situation was dire, as the dry commissioning of unit was completed end of December 2021, and most ANDRITZ test engineers moved to another project site. Moreover, the water storage was not done due to the spillway gates installation being delayed. 

Nevertheless, our client’s target is ANDRITZ’s target. ANDRITZ is always anxious about what our clients anxious about, and fully responds to their needs.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many travel restrictions, and this made it harder for ANDRITZ to dispatch enough test engineers to the site in time, but our commissioning coordinator Mr. Pan Bin and site manager Mr. Peter Foessl have managed to run the unit with the personnel available. This is the first time we have started to run a unit under such tough circumstances (only with control test engineer, generator test engineer and installation supervisors available). On all accounts, all's well that ends well. We finally started the unit at 21:35 p.m. and reached 30% of rated speed at 22:30 p.m. on 18th January 2022. The client was satisfied with the result and the milestone was reached successfully.

With joint efforts, our client delivered on the promise to the Bank and kept the project advancing smoothly.

Our site engineers didn’t even have time to enjoy the moment of this achievement, as they were on their way to next project site. 

We would like to express our gratitude to all HYDRO China colleagues who are still working on our overseas project sites currently. 

Technical details:
Total Output: 176 MW
Scope: 4 × 44 MW 
Voltage: 13.8 kV
Head: 16.5m
Speed: 107rpm
Runner diameter: 6200mm

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March 2022: ANDRITZ to supply hydro- and electro-mechanical equipment for Upper Trishuli 1, Nepal

International technology group ANDRITZ received an order from Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd., for the supply of the hydro- and electro-mechanical equipment for the 216 MW Upper Trishuli 1, a run-of-river hydropower plant in Nepal, owned by Nepal Water & Energy Development Company Pvt. Ltd. 

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Upon completion, which is scheduled for 2026, Upper Trishuli 1 is expected to generate up to 1,456 GWh of electricity per year and thus increasing the country’s total power generation by about 20%.

ANDRITZ’s scope of supply for the hydro-mechanical works includes design, engineering, manufacturing, transportation, installation, testing, and commissioning of radial gates, vertical gates, hoists, stop logs, and penstocks. The order for the electro-mechanical works comprises basic and detailed design of the turbine and generator components, complete electrical power systems, balance of plant and automation, installation, and commission. 

The works will be undertaken by the Indian hydro subsidiaries of ANDRITZ. This contract represents the first large-scale order for ANDRITZ in Nepal covering a hydro- and an electro-mechanical scope in one contract. By securing this prestigious contract, ANDRITZ continues to retain its leading position as a preferred “from water-to-wire” technology provider in the hydropower market in Nepal.

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February 2022: ANDRITZ to modernize second generating unit at the Jebba hydropower plant in Nigeria

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited for the modernization of another generating unit at the Jebba hydroelectric power plant on the Niger River.

Jebba hydroelectric power plant on the Niger River

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International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited for the modernization of another generating unit at the Jebba hydroelectric power plant on the Niger River. This contract follows an order to modernize the first unit 2G6 received in January 2021. Commissioning has been scheduled for beginning of 2024. 

The ANDRITZ scope of supply and services comprises the entire electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment for unit 2G5, including a 96.4 MW turbine, a 103 MVA generator and accessory equipment as well as the intake gate. 

Originally commissioned in 1985, the Jebba hydroelectric power plant is located in the North Central zone of Nigeria, about 100 km downstream of the Kainji Hydroelectric Power Plant. It is equipped with six 96.4 MW turbines and has a total generating capacity of 578.4 MW. 

The objectives of the general rehabilitation program are to extend the equipment service life for the next 40 years, improve reliability, and ensure compliance of the frequency and voltage control with the national grid code. The new equipment will repower the plant, boost the energy production of Nigeria, and provide much-needed energy to the people of the country.

Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited is a privately owned power generating company in Nigeria incorporated in 2011 and licensed to operate the Kainji and Jebba hydroelectric power plants through a concession agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

ANDRITZ has been active in the African hydropower market for more than 100 years and is fully committed to support the continent on its way to a sustainable and clean energy future.

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January 2022: FengNing PSPP, China – Manufacturing for world’s largest pumped storage plant ongoing

By end of November 2021, the manufacturing of the second spiral case stay ring has been finished and the FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) was successfully done. The component is now being transported to the site.

In 2017, ANDRITZ received a contract from the state-owned Chinese energy utility Feng Ning Pump Storage Co. Ltd., State Grid Xinyuan Co. Ltd., to supply two variable speed pumped storage units for the new FengNing pumped storage power plant in Hebei Province. The scope of supply includes two asynchronous motor generator units with variable speed and a nominal capacity of 330 MVA in generator mode and 345 MVA in pump mode. Additionally, the AC-excitation, governor, as well as protection and computer control systems will be supplied. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of 2023. 

Equipped with 12 × 300 MW pump turbine units in one cavern, FengNing will be the world's largest pumped storage power plant and the first variable speed pumped storage plant in China. ANDRITZ is proud to be part of this prestigious hydropower project in the rapid growing Chinese pumped storage market.

Technical data:
Total output: 3,600 MW
Scope output: 2 × 330 MVA
Head: 425 m
Voltage: 15.75 kV

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December 2021: ANDRITZ to supply complete electro- and hydro-mechanical equipment for the Nenggiri hydropower station, Malaysia

International technology group ANDRITZ – as part of a consortium – has signed a contract with TNBPG Hydro Nenggiri Sdn. Bhd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd.) to supply the complete electro- and hydro-mechanical equipment for the new Nenggiri Hydroelectric Project in Kelantan, the northeastern state of the Malay Peninsula.

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Commissioning is scheduled for the middle of 2026. The contract value for ANDRITZ is more than 100 million euros.

The scope of supply of the consortium includes two Francis turbine generating units including complete mechanical and electrical balance of plant and hydro-mechanical equipment as well as the high voltage switchyard.

Once completed, the Nenggiri Hydroelectric Project will provide 300 MW of peak load coverage to significantly stabilize the national power grid. Flood mitigation benefits for the downstream areas are another important target of the hydropower station.

The Nenggiri Hydroelectric Project is one of several government-approved projects to meet the growing energy demand of Malaysia and to increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 40 percent by 2035.

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December 2021: ANDRITZ to supply electro-mechanical equipment for nine hydropower stations in Mexico

International technology group ANDRITZ has been selected by Comisión Federal de Electricidad, the national utility of Mexico, to modernize and upgrade nine hydropower stations.

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ANDRITZ will execute the order together with three local companies – GENERMEX, Hydroproject and SEISA.

The order value for ANDRITZ has a mid triple-digit million euro amount, the order will be booked during the next few months.

The scope of supply includes design, manufacturing, supply, transportation, erection, testing and commissioning of 29 generators, 17 turbines, 21 transformers, turbine governors, SCADA supervisory control and data acquisition system, control, excitation and protection systems, as well as the electrical power and associated auxiliary systems.

The contract is scheduled to begin in December 2021, and commissioning is to be completed in February 2027. By securing this prestigious contract, ANDRITZ will further consolidate its leading position in the hydropower market in Mexico and the region.

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November 2021: ANDRITZ to supply complete electro-mechanical equipment for the new Lower Kopili hydropower plant, India

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Assam state government-owned utility Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd. (APGCL) to supply the complete electro-mechanical equipment for the Lower Kopili hydropower plant located on the Kopili river in central Assam, India. Start of commercial operation is scheduled for end of 2024.

Contract signing for the Lower Kopili hydropower plant

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The ANDRITZ scope of supply consists of plant design and engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the complete electro-mechanical equipment including all five turbine-generator units for the Lower Kopili hydroelectric project. This will be the first contract that ANDRITZ has received from APGCL in the state of Assam.

Once completed, the hydropower plant will have a total installed capacity of about 120 MW based on two main units and three environmental flow units and provide 456 GWh of electricity per year. The project will provide strong support in covering the growing demand for electricity in the Indian state of Assam.

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October 2021: ANDRITZ to supply electro-mechanical equipment for Robert S. Kerr hydropower plant, United States

International technology group ANDRITZ has received a contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tulsa District for the rehabilitation and upgrade of all four turbines and generators at Robert S. Kerr hydroelectric power plant, located at Arkansas River in Eastern Oklahoma adjacent to the town of Cowlington.

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The order value is close to 75 million euros. Commissioning of the first unit is expected in August 2025.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes the design, manufacturing, supply, transportation, erection, testing, and commissioning of four Kaplan turbine generator units with a capacity of 36.8 MW each, along with associated auxiliaries and ancillary equipment.

Once commissioned, the expected power generation will be about 152 GWh per year. By securing this prestigious contract, ANDRITZ has further consolidated its position as a leading player in the hydropower market in United States.

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September 2021: ANDRITZ to supply synchronous condensers for EnergyConnect, Australia

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from SecureEnergy, a joint venture between the Spanish company Elecnor, an energy infrastructure specialist, and the Australian engineering and construction company Clough, to supply the electro-mechanical equipment for four synchronous condenser plants in New South Wales.

Transmission line in Australia

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The first shipment of components will commence in 2022, with commissioning starting immediately afterwards.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply comprises the engineering, design, manufacture and delivery as well as technical consulting during installation and commissioning of four 120 MVA salient pole synchronous condensers, including the balance of plant equipment. All four condensers will be engineered, designed, and manufactured in Austria.

The synchronous condensers provided by ANDRITZ will by part of EnergyConnect, the new interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales. EnergyConnect is a new 900 km transmission line and will significantly increase the power transmission capacity between the two regions. In addition, it will make the electricity supply more reliable and support Australia in its transition towards renewable energies. EnergyConnect is expected to be completed by 2024.

TransGrid, the project’s developer, is the transmission network service provider in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It owns and operates the network covering approximately 13,000 km and with more than 100 substations, which are connected to generators, distributors, and major end users.

The synchronous condenser plants are needed for reactive power management and to provide synchronous inertia.

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August 2021: ANDRITZ to completely rehabilitate Kopili hydropower plant, India

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Central Government owned utility, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd. (NEEPCO Ltd.) for the complete rehabilitation of the electro-mechanical equipment of the 200 MW Kopili hydropower plant located on the Kopili River in Dima Hasao district of Assam, India.

Hydropower plant Kopili, India

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The project is expected to be finished until third quarter 2023.

ANDRITZ’s scope of supply includes detailed design and engineering, manufacture, transportation to the project site, supervision of the assembly, erection, testing as well as commissioning of the entire electro-mechanical equipment to be installed in the powerhouse of Kopili hydroelectric plant. Also included is the training of NEEPCO's personnel in design, engineering, operation, and maintenance of the plant.

The rehabilitation works will be executed by the India hydro subsidiary of ANDRITZ with its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Mandideep (near Bhopal) and Prithla (near Faridabad). This contract will be the second contract from NEEPCO to ANDRITZ, the first being the supply of the complete electro-mechanical equipment for the greenfield hydropower project Pare HEP (110 MW), which was awarded in 2011.

The award of this contract further strengthens ANDRITZ’s leading position on the Indian hydropower market.

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ANDRITZ Hydro and MAN Energy Solutions agree on hydrogen cooperation

International technology Group ANDRITZ and the German company MAN Energy Solutions have concluded a strategic framework agreement to jointly develop international projects for the production of green hydrogen from hydropower.
 

Contract signing

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Frank Mette, CEO of ANDRITZ Hydro in Germany, and Dr. Uwe Lauber, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of MAN Energy Solutions, signed the agreement in Ravensburg.

A pilot project in Europe will mark the start of the collaboration. Subsequently, the companies want to jointly identify further projects and implement them in the context of the German Federal Government's H2 Global initiative. H2 Global is a market-based funding platform, which aims to efficiently promote the market launch of green hydrogen and hydrogen-based power-to-X products. For this purpose, hydrogen energy partnerships are to be established with countries with a correspondingly high potential to provide a long-term, cost-effective, and reliable green hydrogen supply to Germany and the EU.

Frank Mette: “Hydropower is one of the few completely climate-neutral forms of energy, which is capable of providing base load power. We therefore see excellent potential for worldwide expansion – in new construction projects just as much as in repowering. By adding the possibility of producing hydrogen to hydropower plants, we are taking the next step and also making the energy generated there ready for export and storage without restriction. Together with MAN Energy Solutions, we can open up new markets and opportunities for the operators.”

Uwe Lauber: “The economy of the future will be climate-neutral, and to achieve this it needs huge quantities of green hydrogen. Together with ANDRITZ Hydro, we want to make this resource available. Hydropower plants are ideal for generating hydrogen in a completely climate-neutral, reliable and cost-effective manner. With ANDRITZ Hydro, we have been able to enter into a partnership with a world leader in the field of hydraulic power generation, to develop these prospects together with us.”

The companies are aiming to launch an initial joint pilot project before the end of this year, to provide about 650 tons of green hydrogen by using an electrolysis output of up to 4 MW, initially for local use. In follow-up projects, designed for the export of hydrogen, the installed electrolysis output is expected to increase to up to 100 MW in the coming years.

Frank Mette: “MAN Energy Solutions contributes scalable and, above all, flexible electrolysis technology to this partnership, along with many years of experience in power-to-X technology and plant engineering. Together, we will tap growth markets for hydrogen in Europe and worldwide, including for the production of green hydrogen, which can then be imported by German consumers.”

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July 2021: ANDRITZ to supply new spherical valves for Dinorwig power station in North Wales, United Kingdom, one of the largest pumped storage plants in Europe

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from First Hydro Company, UK, covering a contract for the supply of six new spherical valves for the Dinorwig pumped storage plant in Llanberis, North Wales, United Kingdom. First Hydro Company is owned 75% by ENGIE and 25% by Brookfield.

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The first two valves will be installed in mid-2023, and the other four in mid-2025.

ANDRITZ's scope encompasses the design, manufacture, supply, installation, and commissioning of six spherical valves with a diameter of 2,500 millimeters and a pressure of 60 bar, including governors and the fire protection system.

With a total installed capacity of about 1,728 MW, Dinorwig is one of the largest pumped storage plants in Europe and provides balancing services including reserve and response. At peak, water flows through the turbines at 360m3 per second - the equivalent volume of a typical 25-meter length swimming pool.

The new ANDRITZ spherical valves will contribute to maintaining the overall availability of the entire plant, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years. Dinorwig plays a vital role in the safeguarding of Great Britain’s national grid.

First Hydro placed great confidence in ANDRITZ as a recognized worldwide specialist for spherical valves. ANDRITZ is proud to be part of the refurbishment project for Dinorwig power station.

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