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June 2021: HPP Srinagarind, Thailand – Last unit in commercial operation and special customer appreciation
In February 2021 the last unit (#1) of Srinagarind hydropower plant in Thailand has been accepted by the Thai Nation grid for commercial operation and was handed over to the customer EGAT.
ANDRITZ has received a contract for the rehabilitation of three Francis units including generator replacement, turbine upgrade with a new runner, replacement of the cooling water, mechanical auxiliary systems as well as replacement of the electrical equipment, transformers and SCADA system of the hydropower plant Srinagarind in 2015.
Despite some time delays due to the pandemic, the ANDRITZ team from Austria and India in collaboration with the commissioning team of the customer EGAT, could complete the project successfully. With utmost dedication and perfect collaboration, the final unit could be commissioned and is now running to the utmost satisfaction of the customer.
In April 2021, ANDRITZ received a letter from the customer EGAT in Thailand with a special note for appreciation of the site manager’s work at the site of Srinagarind hydropower plant.
“We would like to thank Mr. Padmanaban Srinivasan Reddiar for his contribution in the project. He had been a supportive Site Manager, who was diligent and hard working. His dedication to work is resulting in a success for the project, especially during the difficult time of Unit 1. We sincerely appreciate his role in the project and hope that ANDRITZ Hydro will keep up the good work in the future also. We are pleased to have him on our team and very well aware of his skill and effort. On behalf of the management we really value Mr. Reddiar's dedication towards work. Thank you and congratulate on our success.“ wrote Mr. Sermpong Vichitnetinai Assistant Director of EGAT Hydro and Renewable Power Division and the acting Head, Srinagarind Hydro Power Plant-Renovation Units 1-3 Project on behalf of Governor.
We also would like to thank Mr. Padmanaban Srinivasan Reddiar for this dedication and work, but also the entire team for their good motivation and the cooperative teamwork.
Total output: 720 MW
Scope output: 3 x 114 MW / 150 MVA
Head: 105 m
Speed: 166.7 rpm
Runner diameter: 4,120 mm
May 2021: HPP Karnafuli, Bangladesh – Overcoming all challenges, first unit almost ready for commissioning
In May 2018, ANDRITZ Hydro received an order from Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for the rehabilitation of unit #1 and #2 of the Karnafuli hydropower plant, located in Kaptai, Bangladesh.
The original scope of supply included two new oil-filled 5.4 m Kaplan runners, two new runner cases, the rewinding of both the two stators and rotors of the generators and the complete refurbishment/ replacement of all the mechanical and electrical auxiliary systems. Soon after the contract was signed, further negotiations started, and the scope of supply was quickly extended to include the complete replacement of the two generators.
According to schedule, the first unit was shut down in December 2019 and the dismantling works had started. Unfortunately, in March 2020 the project was badly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. All works had to stop causing months of delay.
Despite all the odds and the problems, the multi-country, multi-location team, which includes people from Italy, India, Indonesia, Spain and Bangladesh, managed to complete the dismantling of the existing unit and the erection of the new one. The commissioning is now expected to start in June 2021.
Even in difficult times, our teams are working constantly to complete our projects around the world. This is possible thanks to the efforts of the whole team, the excellent teamwork, information transparency and thrust in one another and thrust in our competence and expertise.
Total output: 235 MW
Scope output: 2 x 47 MW
Head: 26 m
Voltage: 15 kV
Speed: 107 rpm
Runner diameter: 5384 mm
May 2021: HPP Thuong Kon Tum, Vietnam - Successful commissions of Pelton units with the highest head in Vietnam
The Vinh Son – Song Hinh Hydropower Joint Stock Company entrusted ANDRITZ with the complete electro-mechanical works of the project for the Thuong Kon Tum hydropower project in Vietnam in September 2012.
The contractual scope for ANDRITZ involved model testing, design, procurement, manufacturing and supply of all equipment including mandatory spares for the electro-mechanical works. ANDRITZ was also entrusted with the supervision of works.
The detailed scope of works included two 110 MW high-head vertical shaft Pelton turbines, two digital governors, two main inlet spherical valves, two 129.41 MVA generators, 44 MVA transformers, 220 kV switch yard equipment, 245 kV SF6 CB, 220 kV XPLE cable, 400 V auxiliary T/R, switch gear equipment, excitation system, control and protection system, HVAC, fire-fighting system, EOT crane, cooling water, drainage and dewatering system, LP and HP compressed air system, life water supply system, life sewage disposal system, water treatment system, 245 kV Gas Isolated bus bar system and telecommunication system.
The project got extended from its original 34 months construction timeline primarily due to issues related to other contractors. ANDRITZ's contractual obligations were timely completed. ANDRITZ deployed the commissioning team amid the pandemic at the end of 2020. Despite the straining situation, the commissioning team overstretched their stay to support the project and the customer. Though, the commissioning of the project could be completed as scheduled in the first quarter of 2021. The plant was put successfully and in time into commercial operation.
Supply, erection, automation and commissioning of the high pressure compressed air system for the underground air-cushioned surge chamber posed some challenges. This system is not so common, and the integration and synchronization of various involved equipment required precision and expertise, both delivered by ANDRITZ effortlessly.
The client issued the provisional acceptance certificates to ANDRITZ after all vital parameters were fulfilled on in March 2021 resp. in April 2021 for the second and final unit.
This order shows not only the expertise of ANDRITZ in the high-head Pelton segment, but also the dedication of our engineers and commissioning officers for their work.
Total output: 220 MW
Scope: 2 x 110 MW / 129.41 MVA
Head: 879 m
Voltage: 13.8 kV
Speed: 600 rpm
Runner diameter: 2,045 mm
January 2021: HPP Sawra Kuddu, India – Successful commissioning under strict pandemic conditions
On December 16th, 2020, the third and last unit of the hydropower plant Sawra Kuddu in Himachal Pradesh, India was successfully commissioned despite facing many challenges, the COVID pandemic the biggest of all. All three units were wet commissioned in a span of 90 days from date of water availability and 46 days from date of transmission line availability.
We want to personally thank the whole team at site and the commissioning team from the ANDRITZ head office who managed this activity in the midst of the COVID pandemic, inclement weather and in absence of any vendor supervisors for all bought out items including the 220KV step up transformers, GIS, XLPE Cable etc. This successful completion of the project also demonstrates the importance of proper preservation (the main units were installed in 2016) and diligent dry commissioning activities which helped the team to achieve this success. Thanks also to the project core team who have handled this project well over this long period of execution despite numerous unforeseeable challenges.
The hydropower plant is now providing sustainable and clean energy to the people of the region, contributing to the climate goals of the government.
Total output: 111 MW
Scope output: 3 x 37 MW
Head: 183 m
Speed: 500 rpm
Runner diameter: 1,550 mm
November 2020: ANDRITZ to supply complete electro-mechanical equipment for the Karuwa Seti hydropower plant, Nepal
International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from KC Group Nepal to supply turbines, generators and auxiliaries for the new Karuwa Seti hydropower plant. The small hydropower plant is located on the Seti Khola River in the Gandaki Zone’s Kaski District and will have a total installed capacity of 32 MW. Start-up is planned for March 2023.
The contract comprises design, engineering, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of three 10.66 MW Francis turbines and generators as well as auxiliaries for the electrical and mechanical equipment. ANDRITZ’s Indian subsidiary with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Mandideep (near Bhopal) and Prithla (near Faridabad) is responsible for execution of the contract.
KC Group Nepal is a private company with diversified businesses and targets to operate 100 MW of combined, renewable energy production by the end of 2023.
ANDRITZ has been been active in Nepal for many decades now. Subsequent to supply of the equipment for the Madhkyu Khola (13 MW) hydropower plant, which has been operating successfully since 2017, the award of this recent order once again demonstrates ANDRITZ’s strong position as a leading player in the Nepalese hydropower market.
October 2020: ANDRITZ to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the largest pumped storage plant in India
We received a contract for the supply of electro-mechanical equipment for the 1,200-MW Pinnapuram pumped storage plant.
March 2020: ANDRITZ India wins prestigious Global Safety Award 2020
ANDRITZ, through its Prithla location has recently won the prestigious Global Safety Award in Gold category.
In a glittering ceremony, the award was presented by Hon’ble Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India (Retd.) & Chairman of National Green Tribunal Shri Swatanter Kumar at New Delhi on 17th Feb 2020. Mr. Karl Quehenberger, MD & COO received the award on behalf of the company.
ANDRITZ won this award through its ability to demonstrate its state-of-the-art fire fighting facilities, leadership commitment and various significant safety practices, which have already found recognition and appreciation by the Energy & Environment Foundation which is supported by the Ministry of Power and Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
February 20, 2019: ANDRITZ Hydro India wins Star Performer Award
ANDRITZ Hydro India has won once again the “Star Performer Award” for its consistently upward growing export performance during the financial year 2016-17.
This is the third consecutive year that we have won this award in Export Excellence given by Engineering Export Promotion Council of India.
This recognition has both tangible and intangible benefits for ANDRITZ Hydro India, like recognition at highest level of EEPC, Embassy office, Directorate General of Foreign Trade and customs office. EEPC India is the premier trade and investment promotion organization in India catering to the Indian engineering sector and is sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
Our sincere congratulation to whole organization for this honor and recognition.