MONTREAL, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - British Columbia (BC) Hydro awarded a
contract to Voith Hydro in Montreal for the complete overhaul of five
Francis turbine units for Gordon M. Shrum hydro power plant, located
near Hudson's Hope, B.C. The decision was taken after a competitive
model test at the facilities of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in
Lausanne, Switzerland. The project is the largest turbine replacement
project BC Hydro has awarded so far.
Voith Hydro's scope of supply includes five new 310 megawatt turbines,
site construction, installation, and start-up. The first unit is
scheduled for commissioning in 2012. Each year, one unit will be
replaced until all five units are in service in early 2017.
The overhaul by Voith Hydro will improve the availability and
reliability of these units, while the rated output of each turbine will
be increased from 266 to 310 megawatts. Consequently, an additional
annual electricity generation of 177 gigawatt hours is granted - enough
electricity for an additional 15,000 homes.
The turbine units of Gordon M. Shrum hydro power plant were put into
operation in the late 1960s. They represent 12 per cent of BC Hydro's
power production capacity and thus have considerable impact on the
electricity supply for the Province of British Columbia.
Voith Hydro is a Group Division of Voith and - with a workforce of
currently almost 4,700 employees and an order intake of almost 1,3
billion Euros in the business year 2008/2009 - belongs to the world-wide
leading companies for hydro power equipment.
Voith is a global leader in the paper, energy, mobility and service
industries. Founded on 1st January 1867, Voith employs 39,000 people,
and has sales of EURO 5,1 billion. Operating from 280 locations
worldwide, Voith is one of Europe's largest family-owned companies.
SOURCE Voith Hydro
For further information: For further information:
Pierre Séguin, Director
Tel. 450 766-2103