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Andritz Hydro to supply valves and electromechanical equipment for two hydro projects

Andritz Hydro, part of international technology group Andritz, has received an order from Eidsiva Vannkraft to supply electromechanical equipment for a new Norwegian hydropower plant.

Andritz’ contract comprises design, manufacturing, and delivery of the complete electromechanical equipment for the new Nedre Otta plant.

The supply deal includes two vertical Kaplan turbines with a total output of around 86MW (315GWh), generators, governors, main inlet valves, mechanical auxiliaries, installation, supervision, and commissioning.

Nedre Otta is a greenfield hydropower project located in the community of Oppland, some 270km north of Oslo.

The power plant will be equipped with two Kaplan turbines of identical size and operated as a run-of-the-river plant with no intake reservoir.

Andritz has previously been awarded the supply of hydropower equipment for the Matre Haugsdal, Lysebotn, and Smibelg-Storåvatn hydropower plants over the past few years.

The company has also signed a deal with the government utility Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL) for rehabilitation of the existing Mwadingusha hydropower plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The scope of supply for Andritz comprises replacement of four turbine units, generators, governors, inlet valves, exciters, voltage regulation, and draft tube stop logs, including dismantling, erection, and commissioning.

The new turbines have almost ten percent more output than the previous units.

After completion and reconnecting to the grid, the Mwadingusha hydropower plant will provide electric power to the copper mines in the Katanga region as well as to the public distribution grid of SNEL.