Andritz VA TECH HYDRO to supply complete electro-mechanical equipment for the Xekaman 3 hydropower plant, Laos

Xekaman 3 Power Company, Laos, an affiliate of the largest Vietnamese construction group, Song Da, awarded an order to ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO for supply of the complete electro-mechanical equipment for the Xekaman 3 hydropower plant. The order value is approximately 42 million USD.

The scope of supply encompasses two Francis turbine generator sets, governing system, automation and protection system, spherical valve and auxiliary systems as well as the complete switchyard. Song Da will take care of erection under the supervision of ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO. Start of commercial operation is expected for April 2011.

With an output of 254 MW and at a net head of 515 meters, the plant, which is located in the catchment area of the Mekong river, near the Vietnamese border, will produce more than 1,000 GWh/a of electrical energy with almost 95% efficiency. This will secure electricity for approximately one million people in Laos and Vietnam.

Vietnam has signed a bilateral agreement with Laos for the joint development and use of hydropower, which includes the construction of several hydropower plants in the border area between Vietnam and Laos. The electricity will benefit both countries. Especially Xekaman 3 will contribute to a large extent to the stability of the electricity networks of Laos and Vietnam, thus supporting the economic and industrial development of both countries.

ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO has been successful in Vietnam for many years. In early 2008, the hydropower plant Ea Krong Rou - supplied by the Indian affiliate of ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO - was successfully put into operation. With the order for Xekaman 3, ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO has further underlined its solid presence in this promising hydropower market.

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For further information, please contact:

VA TECH HYDRO GmbH
DI Alexander Schwab
Market Management and Corporate Communication
Phone: +43 50805 52659
alexander.schwab@andritz.com

ANDRITZ GROUP
Dr. Michael Buchbauer
Head of Corporate Communications
Phone: +43 (316) 6902 2979
michael.buchbauer@andritz.com

ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO

ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO, a member of the ANDRITZ Group, is a global supplier of electromechanical systems and services (“water-to-wire”) for hydropower plants. The company is a leader in the world market for hydraulic power generation and has a top position in the growing power plant refurbishment segment. This and other press releases of ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO are available for download on our website.

The ANDRITZ GROUP

The ANDRITZ Group is a global market leader in the supply of customized plants, systems, and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower industry, the steel industry, and other specialized industries (solid/liquid separation, feed, and biofuel). Headquartered in Graz, Austria, the Group has about 12,300 employees worldwide. It manufactures and sells its products and services globally.

2008-06-03

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