Voith awarded contracts for Belgian pumped-storage, U.S. hydropower project

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Germany-based Voith GmbH and its North American subsidiary, Voith Hydro, have been awarded a pair of contracts to perform work at the 1,164-MW Coo-Trois-Ponts pumped-storage plant in Belgium and 955.6-MW Priest Rapids hydroelectric project in the U.S., repectively.

Voith's work at Coo-Trois-Ponts includes the supply of new control and excitation systems, and speed controllers for the facility's six generating units. The work will take place in phases through 2020.

"In close consultation with the operator ENGIE Electrabel, we have arranged to do this by shutting down one machine for a period of about eight weeks and replacing the old technology," said Jurgen Hackel, Head of Service for Voith Hydro Germany. "The systems are then integrated seamlessly into regular power plant operation. Based on this principle we will replace the existing automation technology, which has now become obsolete."

Financial terms of the Coo-Trois-Ponts deal were not disclosed.

Meanwhile, Voith Hydro in York, Pa., USA, has received a US$60 million contract from Grant County Public Utility District for continued site work at the Priest Rapids project near Ephrata, Wash.

Voith has been active in the plant's ongoing modernization effort since performing turbine model testing in 2011, which eventually led Grant PUD to award the York, Pa.-based group a contract in September 2014 to upgrade Priest Rapids' 10 Kaplan units.

"This order confirms our commitment to the Priest Rapids plant for improved reliability and performance in the areas of hydraulics and environmental concerns," Voith Hydro CEO Bob Gallo said. "Voith supports the vision and investment of GCPUD all out."

Voith Hydro is exhibiting at Booth No. 505 during the upcoming HydroVision International 2016 conference and exhibition.

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