Andritz VA TECH HYDRO receives major order from Scotland

ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO has been awarded a major refurbishment contract by Alcan Aluminium UK, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Alcan, in the amount of approximately EUR 30 million for the supply, installation and commissioning of five new turbine generator units at Lochaber power station in Scotland.

This order is part of Rio Tinto Alcan’s GBP 45 million investment in the overall modernization of its Lochaber plant. The modernization will ensure the increased use of renewable energy for aluminum production at the plant. The modernization project is set to begin in 2009 and should be completed by 2012.

Lochaber power station was put into operation in 1929. With an installed capacity of 72 MW, it was the largest hydroelectric installation in the United Kingdom at that time. Twelve horizontal twin jet Pelton turbines with a unit output of 6 MW, each driving two DC generators will be replaced by five horizontal Francis turbines driving AC generators. The scope of supply comprises the electro-mechanical equipment including turbine governors, main inlet valves, as well as unit automation and protection. The station will remain in operation during the modernization.

The mechanical scope will be shared with ANDRITZ VA TECH HYDRO’s alliance partner WEIR Services of Alloa, Scotland, who will supply the inlet valves, the mechanical balance of plant as well as site infrastructure and installation work.

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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, 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 12,000 employees worldwide.  It manufactures and sells its products and services globally.

2008-04-04

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