Voith consortium to refurbish hydro turbines at Inga 1

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Voith has been awarded a US$76 million contract by utility Societe Nationale d'Electricite (SNEL) to rehabilitate two turbine units inside the 350-MW Inga 1 hydro project, the company has announced.

The project is being financed by the World Bank and will be executed by a consortium also including Spain's Elecnor SA, with Voith holding 53% of the shares and Elecnor SA possessing the remainder.

Per the agreement, Voith will provide a comprehensive rehabilitation for two of the Inga 1's hydro units, which have been in service since the project was completed in the early 1970s. Once complete, Voith said the turbines will each be rated at 55 MW and optimized for more efficient performance.

HydroWorld.com reported that Voith had signed a contract to outfit Angola's 700-MW Cambambe 2 hydroelectric project in April.

The Inga 1 is part of the Grand Inga hydropower complex, which could eventually have a total output capacity of 4,000 GW.


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