Local News, India
23/5 2022: Xayaburi, Lao PDR
In reminiscing one such project during execution back in 2012 when ANDRITZ was undertaking the greenfield electro-mechanical works of the prestigious Xayaburi project (1285 MW) in Lao PDR, we feel proud of the fact that EPC contractor CH.
Karnchang (Lao) Company Ltd., entrusted us with the challenging works of this mammoth project which had various technical challenges. We managed and overcame all challenges.
ANDRITZ was given the scope to manufacture the Kaplan units along with hydro generators, electrical mechanical balance of plant, automation, transport, import, supervise the installation, erection and commission the project in addition to train the client’s engineers. ANDRITZ sourced the equipment from its facilities in Europe, China, and India.
The Xayaburi project has two off takers for the power; where the majority of power is being exported to Thailand while the remaining is for Lao PDR. We are proud to have delivered and accomplished the task of commissioning the project which now provides hydropower to the grids in Thailand and Lao.
May 2022: Nam Theun 1, Lao PDR – First unit commissioned
Our esteemed client Nam Theun 1 Power Company Limited had entrusted the electro-mechanical works to ANDRITZ for the Nam Theun 1 project with a total capacity of 670 MW.
This project is located in PhonNgam Village, Pakkading District, Bolikhamxay Province in Lao PDR.
Our team was at site even at the peak of the COVID outbreak and continued working in spite of difficulties and challenges bearing out of the outbreak. Commuting from India for our engineers to Lao at that time was very taxing as flights had been restricted or rerouted thus taking the total travel time to even 3 days with layovers at airports stretching over 15-18 hours! However, even under such duress, we were able to commission the 1st unit recently on 24th April 2022. This is a big step towards our commitment towards our customer and we will continue to deliver to the best of our ability for times to come.
April 2022: Nam Kong 3, Laos – Successful commissioning
ANDRITZ is pleased to inform that it has successfully commissioned Chaleun Sekong Energy Co. Ltd. (CSE)’s Nam Kong 3 project in December 2021, which was in line with their power evacuation plan.
In order to achieve this momentous target, ANDRITZ went the extra mile and arranged for the commissioning engineers from its global locations such as China, Indonesia and Bhutan to meet the project requirements. This was done as the entry for Indian citizens was restricted at that time in Lao PDR due to COVID-19. In addition, we supported the client’s requirement by arranging to provide local manpower. Additionally, we kept the deliveries of equipment in place despite the severe impact of COVID and therefore achieved the commissioning of the project within the given deadline.
With this milestone achieved, ANDRITZ takes immense pride in the fact that the client’s targets could be met with, especially with COVID related restrictions and we are glad that we could further contribute to Lao PDR’s hydropower sector.
March 2022: Upper Tamakoshi HEP, Nepal – Letter of appreciation
On the auspicious occasion of the successful commissioning of Nepal’s national pride Upper Tamakoshi hydro project including 22/132 kV New Khimti substation which was presided over by Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba, Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, on March 19, 2022, ANDRITZ was bestowed with the “Letter of appreciation” for timely execution and commendable support for the balance hydro-mechanical and the complete electro-mechanical works for the project.
This is a matter of great pride for ANDRITZ, and we are humbled with the kind gesture of the Government of Nepal while acknowledging our efforts in making the Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric project a prized asset to the nation. Our commitment is here to stay!
March 2022: Phi Linh, Vietnam – Signing of Compact Hydro contract
ANDRITZ has secured a contract to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the prestigious Phi Linh HEP from No. 6 Trading and Construction Company Limited.
The project is located in the Muong Tra district in Dien Bien Province, Vietnam. With a capacity of 18 MW, the power plant has been conceptualized as a run-of-the-river scheme to operate continuously during monsoon season and intermittently in lean flow period.
Under the contract, ANDRITZ’s scope of supply will consist of turbines, generators, main inlet valves, control system, EPS and BOP and associated supervision works.
It is pertinent to mention that ANDRITZ has been associated with Vietnam’s hydropower market for over a decade now and our commitment to serve the nation’s energy needs through a clean and green initiative is here to stay. We are proud of our sustained presence in this important market and contribution to Vietnam’s growth.
March 2022: ANDRITZ to supply hydro- and electro-mechanical equipment for Upper Trishuli 1, Nepal
International technology group ANDRITZ received an order from Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd., for the supply of the hydro- and electro-mechanical equipment for the 216 MW Upper Trishuli 1, a run-of-river hydropower plant in Nepal, owned by Nepal Water & Energy Development Company Pvt. Ltd.
Upon completion, which is scheduled for 2026, Upper Trishuli 1 is expected to generate up to 1,456 GWh of electricity per year and thus increasing the country’s total power generation by about 20%.
ANDRITZ’s scope of supply for the hydro-mechanical works includes design, engineering, manufacturing, transportation, installation, testing, and commissioning of radial gates, vertical gates, hoists, stop logs, and penstocks. The order for the electro-mechanical works comprises basic and detailed design of the turbine and generator components, complete electrical power systems, balance of plant and automation, installation, and commission.
The works will be undertaken by the Indian hydro subsidiaries of ANDRITZ. This contract represents the first large-scale order for ANDRITZ in Nepal covering a hydro- and an electro-mechanical scope in one contract. By securing this prestigious contract, ANDRITZ continues to retain its leading position as a preferred “from water-to-wire” technology provider in the hydropower market in Nepal.
March 2022: ANDRITZ Hydro locations in India and Indonesia obtained the ISO 55001 Asset Management System certification
The global ISO 55001 standard establishes the requirements to guarantee an asset management system aimed at maximizing performance and mitigating risks.
ANDRITZ positions itself as a first-rate partner for operation and maintenance of hydro power plants and is expanding this service business gradually. For better support of this market approach, the ISO 55001 standard certification for the O&M asset management system is being implemented step-by-step worldwide.
With the growing demand for optimization of operation and maintenance services of hydropower plants also in India and Southeast Asia, ANDRITZ Hydro India and ANDRITZ Hydro Indonesia have both successfully finished the ISO 55001 Asset Management System (AMS) certification. Already in December 2020, ANDRITZ Hydro Italy was the first location, successfully certified.
With fully functional local monitoring centers, the O&M teams in both countries are pleased and proud to serve and to optimize the performance of our clients’ hydropower assets and hence increase their revenues.
Minakami, Japan – Refurbishment of Francis turbine unit
End of 2021, ANDRITZ was awarded a contract from TEPCO Renewable Power, Inc. for the refurbishment of the generation unit of the Minakami Hydro Power Station, located on the river Tone in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
Project objectives are replacement of the turbine including MIV, the generator, high-pressure unit and the control systems. The scope of the contract comprises design, engineering, procurement, manufacture, supply, erection supervision and commissioning of the 19,65 MW Francis unit.
Saptadhara, India – Successfull commissioning
It gives immense pride in informing all that ANDRITZ Hydro has successfully commissioned the Saptadhara hydro project consisting of three units of 6 MW each on October 22, 2021 and handed over the units to our esteemed client for commercial operation.
The project located in Odisha was entrusted to ANDRITZ to provide the complete scope of design, manufacturing, transportation, erection and commissioning of the turbines, generators, main inlet valve, switchyard and complete balance of plant equipment.
With this milestone achieved, ANDRITZ has added another feature to its cap while contributing to India’s renewable energy needs.
Karnafuli Hydro project, Bangladesh
ANDRITZ is pleased to inform that the first unit (Generator rating of 57.5 MVA) of Karnafuli hydro project was synchronized successfully on December 6, 2021.
The acceptance test is currently underway and expected to be completed within the next few weeks.
As per the existing contract, the second unit will go into commissioning thereafter. This important milestone has been achieved inspite of COVID related lock downs in the country. We are proud to associate with Bangladesh's only large sized hydro project.
November 2021: ANDRITZ to supply complete electro-mechanical equipment for the new Lower Kopili hydropower plant, India
International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Assam state government-owned utility Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd. (APGCL) to supply the complete electro-mechanical equipment for the Lower Kopili hydropower plant located on the Kopili river in central Assam, India. Start of commercial operation is scheduled for end of 2024.
The ANDRITZ scope of supply consists of plant design and engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the complete electro-mechanical equipment, including all five turbine-generator units, for the Lower Kopili hydroelectric project. As the river has a very high acid content at the location of the Lower Kopili hydropower plant, most underwater parts will be made of stainless steel. This will be the first contract that ANDRITZ has received from APGCL in the state of Assam.
Once completed, the hydropower plant will have a total installed capacity of about 120 MW, based on two main units and three environmental flow units and provide 456 GWh of electricity per year. The project will provide strong support in covering the growing demand for electricity in the Indian state of Assam.
The entire work will be conducted by ANDRITZ’s Indian subsidiary with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Mandideep (near Bhopal) and Prithla (near Faridabad). This contract will be the fifth project for ANDRITZ from the north-eastern region of India following the contract for rehabilitation work at the Kopili hydroelectric project awarded earlier in 2021 by a centrally owned utility.
November 2021: Upper Tamakoshi, Nepal
At the end of August 2021, the sixth and last unit of the largest hydropower plant in Nepal was connected to the national grid, thus marking the completion of an important and prestigious project that took in total nine years of work until completion.
ANDRITZ supplied and installed the entire electro-mechanical equipment, the penstocks and undertook important on-site repairs. Upper Tamakoshi is the largest hydropower plant in Nepal and has an underground powerhouse with total capacity of 456 MW. Its main objective is to meet the growing power demand of the country. ANDRITZ takes immense pride in being not only the preferred supplier for this prestigious project but is also very pleased to support the country in their energy development.
November 2021: Global Safety Award 2021
ANDRITZ through its multiple locations in India, have recently won the prestigious Global Safety Award in the Platinum, Gold and Silver categories. The award was presented by Mr. V K Rohela, Cabinet Minister, Government of Uttarakhand.
The ceremony was presided by Mr. A K Pandey, Head Safety, State Disaster Management, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Professor M A Ahmad, Former Member, National Disaster Management Authority. The ceremony was held on 1st October 2021 in Dehradun.
ANDRITZ won this award through its ability to demonstrate its effective COVID-19 SOPs and measures, leadership commitment and various significant health & safety practices, which have already found recognition and appreciation by the Grow Care India (Non Profit Organization).
This is a proud moment for the organization and we will continue to strive towards global standards in health, safety and environment.
October 2021: Upper Tamakoshi, Nepal – Final unit connected to the grid
End of August 2021, the sixth and last unit of the largest hydropower plant in Nepal was successfully connected to the National grid, thus marking the final milestone of an important and prestigious project that took in total nine years of work until completion. Already in July 2021, Nepal’s Prime Minister inaugurated the Upper Tamakoshi project.
Back in 2012, ANDRITZ received from Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Ltd. (UTKHPL) a contract for the supply of the entire electro-mechanical equipment for the Upper Tamakoshi hydropower plant on the Tamakoshi River.
Based on the excellent performance of ANDRITZ for the electro-mechanical works, the customer has awarded ANDRITZ with an additional order for the penstock installation and on-site repairs.
The on-site team from ANDRITZ did an excellent job to not only execute these additional orders in time and with top-tier quality, hence strengthening the confidence of the client in the work of ANDRITZ.
Upper Tamakoshi is the largest hydropower plant in Nepal and has an underground powerhouse with total capacity of 456 MW. Its main objective is to meet the growing power demand of the country. ANDRITZ takes immense pride in being not only the preferred supplier for this prestigious project but is also very pleased to support the country in their energy development.
Total output:456 MW
Scope: 6 × 76 MW
Head: 805 m
Voltage: 220 kV
Speed: 600 rpm
Penstock length: 760 meters.
Penstock diameter: 1.47 to 3.6 meters
September 2021: Pare HEP, Arunachal Pradesh
In November 2018, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), a central government owned utility, awarded ANDRITZ with the Operation and Maintenance contract for the Pare hydroelectric project (2x55 MW). Priorly, ANDRITZ has also supplied the complete electro-mechanical works for the project.
In 2020-21, ANDRITZ O&M helped achieve a generation of 522 million units against the target of 465 million units for the same period, which was the highest generation ever achieved since the commissioning of the plant. Further, it gives immense pleasure to inform all that the annual generation even surpassed the designed energy target of 506.42 million units! The client has taken this achievement seriously and has even given ANDRITZ a letter of appreciation. A true delight that shows our commitment and dedication to our esteemed customer; a step in the right direction.
September 2021: NAM SAK hydroelectric project, Lao PDR
It gives ANDRITZ immense pleasure in sharing the news of signing the contract agreement for the electro-mechanical works of NAM SAK hydroelectric project in Lao PDR with PHONGSUBTHAVY Group which is one of the largest IPP's in Laos. The project consists of 3 units of 7.33 MW each.
The scope under the contract comprises of design, engineering, supply, transportation of main inlet valves, turbines, generators, control system, 11 kV MV switchgear and plant auxiliaries, including supervision of installation and commissioning. This project will be the second contract from the same client where ANDRITZ had signed a contract for the electro-mechanical works of the Houay Ka-Ouane Hydroelectric Project in February 2021.
With this contract, ANDRITZ will further consolidate its position in Lao PDR and is proud of this contribution to the country's hydropower sector.
August 2021: ANDRITZ is awarded the EM contract for Teesta-III Dam Toe project
ANDRITZ signed the contract agreement for the electro-mechanical works of Teesta-III Dam Toe hydroelectric project on 12 August 2021.
The scope comprises of design, manufacture, testing, supply, installation and commissioning of one unit horizontal Francis unit of 1.1 MW capacity and the main inlet valve, generator, transformer, control system, electrical power systems and balance of plant. Energy generated from the project shall be delivered at 11 kV.
ANDRITZ will continue to strive and deliver to its esteemed clients in the India region, showing its commitment to the hydropower sector.
August 2021: ANDRITZ is awarded with the BoP contract from NHPC for Rangit-IV HEP
ANDRITZ is pleased to inform all that we have received the contract for the Balance of Plant (BoP) items for the Rangit Stage-IV (3x40 MW) project from Jal Power Corporation Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of NHPC, which is India's largest Government owned hydropower developer.
The scope of works will include design, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of 11 kV bus duct, generator step-up transformer, 220 kV GIS system, outdoor pothead yard, 245 kV GIB, 220 V DC system, protection system, MV switchgear system and auxiliary transformers, LV switchgear system and auxiliary transformers, illumination system, HVAC system, grounding system and Fire-fighting equipment.
With this contract, ANDRITZ continues to consolidate its position in the hydropower sector in India and contribute to its growth in the country.
August 2021: Andritz participates in Hydro Asia 2021
ANDRITZ participated in the Hydro Power Asia conference 2021 where Mr. Rohit Uberoi, Vice President, Business Development, made a presentation on "Round the Clock Renewable Energy".
It was highlighted that pumped storage technology is the most mature, cost-effective and widely deployed storage technology in the world as it provides additional flexibility to handle demand fluctuations and steep demand ramps.
The prime objective of "Round the Clock Energy" is to ensure grid stability. In today’s context, where the grids are dominated by renewable energy, this is of utmost importance.
ANDRITZ is one of the leading players in pumped storage technology and is currently constructing India's largest IPP based Pinnapuram PSP with a capacity of 1200 MW.
August 2021: ANDRITZ to completely rehabilitate Kopili hydropower plant, India
International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Central Government owned utility, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd. (NEEPCO Ltd.) for the complete rehabilitation of the electro-mechanical equipment of the 200 MW Kopili hydropower plant located on the Kopili River in Dima Hasao district of Assam, India. The project is expected to be finished until third quarter 2023.
July 2021: HPP Tiloth, India – Successful commissioning of unit #3
At the beginning of July 2021, the unit #3 of Tiloth hydropower plant in India was successfully commissioned and handed over to the customer.
In 2016, ANDRITZ received a contract for the rehabilitation and modernization of all three 30 MW units of the hydropower plant on the Bhagrathi River in Uttarkashi, India. ANDRITZ’ contractual scope comprises the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of three vertical Francis turbines, generator components, electronic governors, static excitation and protection systems, SCADA system, electrical and mechanical auxiliary systems as well as the refurbishment of existing equipment, such as spherical valves, transformers and switchyard equipment.
In the course of this contract, the unit #3, the second unit, was handed over to the ANDRITZ rehabilitation team in February 2020. Unfortunately, in mid-March 2020, all work at site was badly affected due to the global COVID-pandemic travel and quarantine restrictions. In September 2020, the ANDRITZ team was faced even with infected workers on site and in May 2021 due to increasing infections in the country all activities had to cease and the site had to be closed down completely.
Despite all hindrances and difficulties, the ANDRITZ team showed dedication and an excellent performance and recently completed the unit commissioning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unit is generating 30 MW + 10% COL while all other parameters are within the agreed range. The client’s Managing Director and Director (Operation) have both conveyed their good wishes for the excellent performance of the unit.
We want to thank the whole project team and all concerned departments for their excellent teamwork and the good co-operation in achieving this project milestone.
We are looking forward to the finalization of the contract with the commissioning of the third and last unit of this important project. With the successful execution of this project, ANDRITZ will further reinforce its position as a technology leader and reliable partner in developing hydropower in India.
Total output: 90 MW
Scope: 3 x 30 MW
Voltage: 11 kV
Head: 145 m
Speed: 128.6 rpm
Runner diameter: 1,620 mm
July 2021: HPP Upper Tamakoshi, Nepal
Official inauguration by Prime Minister of Nepal
On July 5, 2021, Nepal’s Prime Minister inaugurated the Upper Tamakoshi project, a project of immense national pride. The first unit has started generating 76 MW and has been connected to Nepal’s national grid. On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Mr. Bishnu Prasad Paudel, said that this would contribute 1% of the country’s gross domestic product. A total of six units will be synchronised to the grid in due course.
ANDRITZ takes immense pride in being the preferred supplier for the complete electro-mechanical works of this prestigious project. ANDRITZ has also been instrumental in completing the balance hydro-mechanical works of this project after the project saw some setbacks while executing the penstock works.
The scope of contract for ANDRITZ included supply, installation, and commissioning of the entire electro-mechanical equipment. In addition, based on the excellent performance of ANDRITZ on the electro-mechanical works, an additional order for the penstock installation and on-site repairs has also been received.
Upper Tamakoshi is the largest hydropower plant in Nepal with an underground powerhouse. It has a total capacity of 456 MW to meet the country’s growing power demand. ANDRITZ remains committed to Nepal and its people and in achieving for Nepal a power surplus status once the complete commissioning of this project is achieved.
Total output:456 MW
Scope: 6 × 76 MW
Head: 805 m
Voltage: 220 kV
Speed: 600 rpm
June 2021: HPP Punatsangchhu-I, Bhutan – Contract signing for a new computerized control system and protection system
On May 30, 2021, Bhutan Automation & Engineering Limited (BHUTAN AUTOMATION) - a joint venture company of Druk Green Power Corporation, Bhutan and ANDRITZ HYDRO Private Limited, India - signed the contract agreement for design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the complete computerized control and protection system of the 1,200 MW Punatsangchhu-I Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA-I)
Located in the central part of Bhutan, PHPA-I is an intergovernmental project between the Governments of Bhutan and India. The hydropower project will consist of six Francis turbine generating units with a capacity of 200 MW each. After the completion of the project, the entire power plant comprised of various functional areas such as the powerhouse, dam, butterfly valves, etc. can be controlled remotely from one control room.
With a modern manufacturing facility in Chukha, BHUTAN AUTOMATION is also executing the contact package for the computerized control and protection system of the Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA-II), which was awarded to BHUTAN AUTOMATION by PHPA-II in December 2018. Further, BHUTAN AUTOMATION successfully completed the implementation of SCADA and control systems at the 60-MW Kurichu hydropower plant in 2020 with ANDRITZ state-of-the-art automation technology.
Total output: 1,200 MW
Scope: 6 x 100 MW
Head: 338 m