ANDRITZ receives order for rehabilitation of Inga 2 hydropower plant, DR Congo
International technology Group ANDRITZ received a contract for reconstruction and rehabilitation of two Francis units (178 MW each) for the Inga 2 hydropower plant, DR Congo.
The contract value of this project, which is being supported by financing of the World Bank, is approximately 45 MEUR. Commissioning is scheduled for 2015.
As part of a consortium, ANDRITZ HYDRO is responsible for the entire mechanical part of the rehabilitation including the repair and overhaul of the penstocks, the hydraulic steelworks, and the two Francis turbines. In order to achieve high efficiency with optimum performance, high reliability, and low maintenance requirements, all core parts of the turbines with runner diameters of 6.2 m will be newly designed and replaced by modern, robust equipment.
The Inga hydropower plant was built in the 1970s on the Congo River, about 300 km south of the capital, Kinshasa, and currently uses only a small part of the enormous hydropower potential available. With the modernization and repair of the two turbines, which have been out of service for many years, the government of DR Congo is taking an important step towards improving the country’s national electric grid, which presently suffers frequent outages.
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The ANDRITZ GROUP
International technology Group ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, the steel industry, and the production of animal feed and biomass pellets. In addition, ANDRITZ offers technologies for certain other sectors including automation, pumps, machinery for nonwovens and plastic films, steam boiler plants, biomass boilers and gasification plants for energy generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of panelboard (MDF), thermal sludge utilization, and torrefaction plants. The publicly listed ANDRITZ GROUP is headquartered in Graz, Austria and has a staff of approximately 16,700 employees worldwide. ANDRITZ operates over 180 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world.
ANDRITZ HYDRO is a global supplier of electromechanical equipment and services for hydropower plants. With over 170 years of accumulated experience and more than 30,000 turbines installed totaling approximately 400,000 MW output, ANDRITZ HYDRO is a leader in the world market for hydraulic power generation, offering the complete product portfolio including turbines, generators, and additional equipment of all types and sizes: "water to wire" from small hydro applications up to outputs of more than 800 MW. Additionally, ANDRITZ HYDRO holds a top position in the growing power plant service, refurbishment, and upgrade market. Further fields of activity are development, design, and manufacture of pumps for selected applications (e.g. for water transport, in the energy sector, in the pulp and paper industry) and of turbo generators for gas and steam power plants.