ABB hydropower project in Yukon nearing completion four months ahead of schedule

Source: ABB

ABB (NYSE:ABB), the leading power and automation technology group,  announced that Yukon Energy Corporations’ Mayo B hydroelectric project in Canada’s central Yukon – for which ABB is supplying hydro-related mechanical, electrical and automation equipment – is well ahead of schedule and should be producing power before the end of this year.

ABB is providing two new five-megawatt (MW) Francis hydro units installed in a new power house. Both of these units are in the final stages of commissioning and are expected to be online within the next two weeks.

The Mayo B hydro project involves a more than $120 million expansion of dam facilities on the Mayo River that will increase output from five megawatts (MW) to about 15 MW with an environmentally friendly solution.

ABB is also providing, as previously announced, various turbines, generators, excitation systems, governor and hydraulic power units; along with other mechanical and electrical auxiliaries. ABB has also provided the required site services to ensure this project is operational by the end of 2011.

Yukon Energy is undertaking the project to support the Yukon’s growing demand for electricity by enhancing existing hydro infrastructure to increase the power generated at the site from the current five megawatts to 15 megawatts. Yukon Energy is planning for the future by ensuring there is a secure and continuous supply of clean, affordable energy. The Mayo B project will support this.

ABB is executing the project as part of a strategic alliance with Chongqing Yunhe Hydropower Group, one of the world’s leading turbine suppliers in the small hydro market, which will be providing the turbines and generators.

“Small hydro is playing an important role in the future of the power generation mix in Canada and globally, and ABB is pleased to play a major role in supporting Yukon Energy as it prepares to open this small hydro project on the Mayo River,” says Gary Shaw, vice president and general manager of Power Generation Canada for ABB.

ABB has an extensive offering for renewable energies, and specifically for hydropower, in conjunction with strategic partners, with whom ABB is able to provide complete water to wire solutions.

This announcement was made at the Power-Gen International 2011 conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, NV. ABB is exhibiting in booth #4416 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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