Local News, India
23/03/2023: Pumped Storage Projects, India
India is on an overdrive to achieve its renewable energy capacity addition targets, as committed at the COP series on climate change.
One of the most sustainable and viable options to mitigate intermittent fluctuations from renewables is to manage grid frequency through pumped storage. Due cognisance is being given to the development of pumped storage in India in this regard. Which is why, ANDRITZ is well poised to take up the challenges for the coming times to assist India’s ambition to fight climate change through its successful “Make in India” presence in India.
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13/03/2023: 1000 accident-free days in India
ANDRITZ at its Mandideep location has achieved 1,000 consecutive accident-free days on 23rd February 2023.
Our Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) team took incredible efforts in building a safety culture, the fruits of which were sown through this landmark milestone achieved earlier last month.
This remarkable achievement was met in challenging times that we have witnessed in the last two years mainly due to Covid. It is a pleasure to give credit to each employee’s dedication towards aiming at a “ZERO” accident-free approach at the workspace daily. Our employees have demonstrated high levels of safety by reaching the 1,000 days mark and have proven that all employees are committed to one another’s safety, which is taken very seriously in ANDRITZ.
In view of this remarkable milestone achieved, a special ceremony was conducted to felicitate all involved! Safety first, always!
01/03/2023: Ethnic Wear Day 2023
Ethnic Wear Day - All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
ANDRITZ India celebrated an Ethnic Wear Day on February 24, 2023, to celebrate the spirit of India. Our colleagues came to work in their ethnic attires and created quite a buzz in the office. On this occasion, there was a lot of fun and zeal amongst our colleagues, and a lively atmosphere prevailed in the workplace.
While it is well-known that employees are the backbone of a company, it is not only the work, but the culture that creates a sustainable atmosphere. ANDRITZ considers this as a core value and is happy to indulge its colleagues with co-curricular activities, because ANDRITZ believes that a lively work culture is important to maintain and grow a vibrant company!
20/02/2023: Stabilizing the grid as India embraces Renewables – PSP Gandhi Sagar, India
With India’s energy scenario changing rapidly to include large volumes of renewable energy, the need for energy storage has become more important for maintaining a stable grid.
Pumped storage plants are already well-proven as the most sustainable source of energy storage.
Gandhi Sagar Pumped Storage Project will have a total installed capacity of 1,440 MW -expandable to 1,680 MW – and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2025, when the project will generate over 8,000 GWh of electricity annually. The black-start capabilities and reactive power compensation available from the Gandhi Sagar units are essential for grid support.
ANDRITZ is immensely proud to be part of this amazing hydropower project and to continue our excellent cooperative relationship with Greenko to develop sustainable clean energy for the Indian people.
Learn more about this amazing project in our latest issue of Hydro News.
13/02/2023: Pinnapuram PSP Draft tube installation in record time!
Pinnapuram PSP, India – ANDRITZ has been awarded the electromechanical works Greenko’s Pinnapuram Pump Storage Project (1680 MW) located in Andhra Pradesh, India.
The completion schedule is extremely challenging, and this is India’s largest pumped storage project that is being executed through ANDRITZ’s local manufacturing bases in Prithla and Mandideep.
Due to Covid impact the project has faced delays and Greenko wanted ANDRITZ to accelerate the installation works, starting with the installation of the draft tubes. With the joint efforts of ANDRITZ led admirably by the Site Manager Mr. Ravi Kumar Yakkati and Greenko and our sub-contractor, M/s. Hydro Power Services, the team could efficiently accomplish the challenge and completed the installation of all 8 draft tubes, each weighing 150 Tonnes within 4 months (originally scheduled for 7 months). While the first draft tube was installed in 30 days, the last unit was installed in a record time of 15 days. To achieve this target, the team worked 24x7 and maximised the pre-assemblies with all options possible.
With India’s pumped storage market set to grow in the coming years due to a paradigm shift in the country’s energy landscape, landmark project executions like this will set a precedence for times to come. ANDRITZ’s execution capabilities through its sheer execution planning, grit and determination is surely leading the way!
07/02/2023: All India Rose Show Competition – ANDRITZ Hydro 2nd place
It is a well-known fact that ANDRITZ Hydro manufactures world-class hydro generators at Mandideep near Bhopal.
A little-known fact is the quality of the rose garden which grace the lawns of the factory. This garden and the rose flowers which bloom therein have been getting regular awards since 2009 in the Annual All India Rose Show which is organized in Bhopal.
In August 2020, the city of Bhopal and its surroundings witnessed unprecedented rainfalls that was not witnessed in the last 80-90 years. ANDRITZ’s factory complex in Mandideep was also affected. Due to our diligent planning, we got back into operations within one day of this incident.
To prevent such flooding in the future, we made a complete revamp of the factory periphery through several measures including raising elevation of the road leading to our gates and introduced underground pipelines and sumps for effective evacuation of the collected water. Unfortunately, the beautiful gardens were a casualty in this process.
It is heartening to state that the passion which we bring into our projects and products was also shown by our maintenance team who rebuilt the gardens once again and ensured that it got back its past glory.
This passion paid off. While the factory was literally unaffected in the recent heavy downpour of 2022, the rose gardens won the second prize at the 42nd All India Rose show that was held in January 2023.
Hats off to our maintenance team! Passion pays!
30/01/2023: Panicuan HEP, Philippines
ANDRITZ has signed the contract agreement for supply of electromechanical works of the Panicuan Hydroelectric project (2x750 kW) located in the Philippines.
The contract was signed in November 2022, in Manila. ANDRITZ's scope of supply under the contract comprises of main inlet valves, turbines, generators, control system, protections, electrical power systems and supervision during installation and commissioning.
It is an important success for ANDRITZ in the Philippines and further consolidates our position in this important market.
26/01/2023: Hydropower conference, New Delhi
ANDRITZ was the co-sponsor for the 20th Annual Conference on Hydro Power that was held in New Delhi on 17-18 January 2023.
The two-day conference was organized by the India Infrastructure group and had over 150 delegates. The theme of the conference revolved around hydropower's role in attaining net zero, technology innovations and opportunities to meet the future requirements coming from capacity addition of renewable energy.
ANDRITZ showcased its capabilities through presentations on digitization of hydropower plants and service & rehabilitation of hydropower projects. This gave a good perspective to the audience, bearing out of ANDRITZ's expertise in these fields.
24/01/2023: Lodhama II HEP, India
Recently, ANDRITZ has received a contract to supply the complete electromechanical works for the Lodhama II HEP (2 x 5 MW) located in Darjeeling district in the state of West Bengal.
This was an EPC contract and ANDRITZ has partnered-up with P&R Infraprojects Ltd. to supply the electromechanical works. The project owner is West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL), a West Bengal government owned state utility. This will be ANDRITZ's second contract with the client having already commissioned a project earlier.
The Lodhama project is located within the complex of the existing Rammam Stage-II (51 MW) hydroelectric project also owned by WBSEDCL which was commissioned in 1995.
ANDRITZ's contribution to India's eastern hydropower remains consolidated with this award and we are striving to meet our customer's utmost expectations.
18/01/2023: Kapru Baner SHP, India
We are delighted to share that we have signed the contract agreement for the supply of electromechanical works of Kapru Baner small hydroelectric project (2x1.5 MW) located in Himachal Pradesh India.
The contract was signed on December 16, 2022, with the customer, Shiva Power at Chandigarh. ANDRITZ's scope of supply consists of main inlet valves, turbines, generators, control and protection system, complete electrical power systems and associated auxiliaries. The scope also comprises complete installation and commissioning of the project.
We are very pleased to continue our contribution to India's growing small hydro base and to the state of Himachal Pradesh.
13/01/2023: Best Tech Award India 2022
The Enertia Foundation has bestowed ANDRITZ Hydro India with an award for being the best power sector & RE Technology company (manufacturing) at the RE Hydro Energy Tech manufacturer award that was held on 22nd December 2022 at New Delhi.
The selection was made through eminent members of the jury constituted for this purpose.
The award was presided by the chief guest Mr. K Vijayanand, I.A.S., Special Chief Secretary, Energy Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh and other eminent doyens of the hydropower industry. It was indeed an honor to receive this prestigious award and will encourage us to further our commitment to assist attaining Net Zero, something we take very seriously at ANDRITZ.
12/01/2023: Ialy Expansion Hydropower Plant – Successful turbine model test
The Vietnam Electricity (EVN) and ANDRITZ have organized the test of the turbine model for the Ialy Hydropower Plant Extension Project in December 2022.
The test results show that the hydraulic turbine with a capacity of 180 MW fully meets the technical requirements of the contract. The testing of the turbine hydraulic model plays a very important role in evaluating the basic parameters and determining the investment cost-effectiveness of the project. The testing process was carried out by ANDRITZ under the witness of EVN Project Engineers at ANDRITZ' top tier hydraulic technology laboratory in Linz, Austria.
The Ialy project scope for ANDRITZ includes complete plant electro-mechanical equipment for two 180 MW Francis units. The project construction started in June 2021 and is expected to generate electricity for Unit 1 in the fourth quarter of 2024.
Once completed, the project will increase mobilization capacity of Ialy dam for grid loads, especially during peak hours, contributing to stabilizing the working mode of the National Power System. The expanded Ialy hydropower plant will also increase the average annual power generation output by 233.2 million kWh, contributing to EVN’s efforts in reducing annual fossil fuel costs and CO2 emissions into the environment.
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global political situation, the prices of materials around the world increased significantly, affecting the progress of the project. However, ANDRITZ made utmost efforts to conduct tests on the turbine hydraulic model much ahead of the contractual schedule in order to commence with the manufacturing and to ensure the timely supply of equipment to the project site.
03/01/2023: Star Performer Award India
We wish to share with immense pleasure that ANDRITZ Hydro India has won the "Star performer Award in Export Excellence" for substantial export in the fiscal year 2018
Finally, after a challenging commissioning period, all units of Nam Theun 1 hydropower station are successfully completed and have been handed over for commercial operation in August 2022.
The award has been bestowed by Engineering Export Promotion Council of India (EEPC) in the category of Large Enterprise. The award ceremony was chaired by Mrs. Anupriya Patel, Hon'ble Minister of State, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and held on December 17, 2022, at Mumbai.
With another accolade in our caps, we would like to convey our congratulations to the entire organization for this prestigious honour and recognition.
19/12/2022: HPP Nam Theun 1, Laos – Successful taking over of all units
Finally, after a challenging commissioning period, all units of Nam Theun 1 hydropower station are successfully completed and have been handed over for commercial operation in August 2022.
12/12 2022: Karnafuli HEP, Bangladesh – Commissioning unit 1
We are pleased to inform you that ANDRITZ has successfully synchronized the unit 1 of Karnafuli HEP in Kaptai district, Bangladesh in November 2022.
The unit, after rehabilitation, reached 100% of its nominal power of 46MW and thereafter successfully completed the mandatory 72 hour run test at full load. The unit has been handed over to client for commercial operation and will complete the 21 days reliability test shortly. This project is being jointly developed by our colleagues from Italy and India.
It must be mentioned here that our team at site worked relentlessly even during the periodic Covid-19 outbreaks. Further there was an epidemic of acute conjunctivitis which severely affected our site team during the entire month of September 2022.
This goes on to say a lot about our colleagues who worked tirelessly through thick and thin to achieve the client’s target to commission the unit as planned. ANDRITZ gives them a loud round of applause for their dedication and seamless professionalism while achieving this important milestone!
10/11 2022: Rehar 1 HEP, India – Contract signed
The Chhattisgarh Hydropower LLP, a leading private developer has given ANDRITZ the contract for the supply of electro-mechanical equipment comprising of turbine, generator, main inlet valve and related auxiliaries and SCADA for the Rehar-1 hydro project.
The project comprises of 3 vertical Francis units of 8.3 MW unit capacity.
The project is in Chhattisgarh state and the scope covers design, manufacture, testing, supply, installation and commissioning of the above equipment.
With the award of this project, ANDRITZ’s presence in Chhattisgarh state has strengthened and we are proud to be associated with our prestigious client. Our commitment is here to stay for a smooth execution of the project.
07/11 2022: Likhu-2 HEP, Nepal – Hydraulic steel works ongoing
ANDRITZ was selected by MV Dugar Group, Nepal in 2019 to supply the complete hydraulic steel structures including gates, penstocks and hoist along complete electro-mechanical works for the Likhu-2 hydro project located in Nepal.
With Covid-19 on the rise at that time and restricted travel conditions, the gates were still shipped from India while all penstock fabrication works were done at site and installed simultaneously by our competent P&G team.
18/10 2022: Pinnapuram Pumped Storage Plant, India – Manufacturing ongoing
While the execution of India’s first Integrated Renewable Energy Storage project is in a vivacious and enthusiastic mode, ANDRITZ is proudly assisting Greenko in developing this prestigious project (1,680 MW) at mammoth pace.
Seen here are shipments of robust draft tube sections, stay rings and runners making their way to the project site located in Andhra Pradesh. It is indeed a matter of pride for ANDRITZ to showcase its technological prowess in pumped storage technology. We remain committed to the development of India’s growth story along with Greenko, the leading energy solution provider in the changing energy landscape of India.
28/09 2022: ANDRITZ to supply electromechanical equipment for the Gandhi Sagar pumped storage project, India
International technology group ANDRITZ received an order from Greenko MP01 IREP Private Limited, for the electromechanical works at the Gandhi Sagar pumped storage project (1,440 MW) located in Kheemla block village in Neemuch district in Madhya Pradesh, India.
- Proven ANDRITZ hydropower technology supports India towards a carbon-neutral electricity mix
- ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of sustainable products and technologies for renewable energies
The project envisages utilizing the existing Gandhi Sagar reservoir as a lower reservoir and the construction of an upper reservoir.
Read more in the press release...
23/09 2022: Tiloth, India – Successful commissioning
ANDRITZ has successfully renovated, modernized and uprated the Tiloth HEP in Uttarakhand.
The contract was awarded to ANDRITZ by the state utility namely UJVNL in 2016. The last of the three units was successfully commissioned on August 9, 2022, and handed over to the client. The total output of the plant is now 93 MW.
ANDRITZ’ contractual scope comprised the supply of three vertical Francis turbines, generator components, electronic governors, static excitation and protection systems, and a SCADA system. The contract also included electrical and mechanical auxiliary systems, as well as the refurbishment of existing equipment, such as spherical valves, transformers, and switchyard equipment. Installation, testing and commissioning complete the terms of the contract.
We are proud to be associated with this prestigious project and of our continued commitment to our client in the rehabilitation and uprating of this project.
With the commissioning of Tiloth, ANDRITZ has further consolidated its position in India’s hydropower project service and rehabilitation segment.
21/09 2022: ANDRITZ participates in International Hydropower Conference in Nepal
On September 12th to 13th, 2022, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, was the host to the high-ranking international hydropower conference „Building Back Better and Greener with Sustainable Hydropower”.
Organized by the Nepal Hydropower Association (NHA), in collaboration with the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the conference focus was to promote consumption of hydropower and green energy to replace use of fossil fuels, a topic ever more important as the whole region is increasingly struggling with the impacts of climate change.
12/09 2022: Subansiri HEP, India – ANDRITZ awarded with extensive 420 kV GIS package
India’s leading state-owned hydropower utility namely NHPC Ltd., awarded ANDRITZ the GIS package for the Subansiri hydro project (2000 MW) located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India.
The contract was awarded in July this year through a domestic competitive bidding route. The scope of works under the contract includes design, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of 420 kV GIS, 80 MVAR 420 kV 3-phase bus reactors, 400 kV XLPE cables and protection system for the bus reactors. The project completion period is 12 months.
We are proud to be associated with the electrical power system of this project and of our continued commitment to our client.
07/09 2022: ANDRITZ receives contract to deliver electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for Ialy hydropower plant extension project, Vietnam
International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Vietnam Electricity (EVN), a leading economic group in the energy sector in Vietnam, to supply the complete electro-mechanical equipment and technical services for the Ialy hydropower plant extension project located in Sa Thay district, Kon Tum province, and Chu Pah district, Gia Lai province, in Vietnam.
With the installation of the expansion, the total installed capacity of the Ialy hydropower plant will be increased by more than 30 % to 1,080 MW. The project is expected to be completed in 2025.
Read more in the press release
29/08 2022: Khangtang, India - Consolidating ANDRITZ's presence in Northeast of India
ANDRITZ has been awarded this contract by Khangtang Hydro Power Private Limited, Hyderabad, SPV of Tavasya Venture Partners Private Limited, Hyderabad.
The Contract covers design, manufacture, testing, supply, installation and commissioning of electro-mechanical equipment for Khangtang Small Hydro Power Project (3 x 2.5 MW + 20% COL). The customer is experienced IPP having two plants in operation in South and North India.
Khangtang Hydroelectric Project is conceptualized as a run-of-the-river type scheme, located in Seru village, Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Three (03) units each of 2.5 MW + 20% COL capacity are proposed to generate the designed plant output of 7.5 MW.
The stepped-up generation will then be taken by single circuit 33 kV transmission line to Arunachal Pradesh state grid.
ANDRITZ is proud to be the selected supplier for this hydropower project and is consolidating its presence in Northeast India as top-tier supplier in the hydropower market.
25/08 2022: Likhu 2 HEP, Nepal – Important installation milestone reached
Global Hydro Power Associate has entrusted ANDRITZ with the complete hydromechanical and electro-mechanical works in 2019.
Recently, in spite of Covid related travel restrictions, our team was there to support the client with their completion schedule. Recently on 2 August 2022, we have successfully lowered the rotor and subsequently on 8 August the stator for unit 2 was lowered.
The plant is targeted to be commissioned within 2022. This project will be the first where a single contractor has undertaken both the hydromechanical as well as the electromechanical works thereby reducing interface challenges. The 55 MW project when commissioned will add electricity to Nepal’s national grid and provide further energy security to the nation.
ANDRITZ is proud to sustain its contribution to Nepal’s hydropower base after having recently commissioned the prestigious Upper Tamakoshi project.
22/08 2022: Nam Pang-2, Vietnam – New Compact Hydro order
ANDRITZ has signed a contract agreement for electro-mechanical works of Nam Pang-2 Hydroelectric Project (2 x 5.5 MW) in Lai Chau province of Vietnam.
The contract was signed in July 2022 in Lai Chau city, Vietnam. Under the contract, the scope of supply includes hydro turbines, main inlet valves, generators, control and protection system, complete electrical power systems of the powerhouse. The scope will also include technical services that comprise of supervision of all installation and commissioning works.
Our esteemed client Nam Pang 2 Hydropower Investment and Construction Joint Stock Company has reposed faith and trust in our experience and expertise, and we are more than happy to oblige and assist them in developing this challenging project. With this, our commitment grows further, to contribute to Vietnam’s rich hydropower market.
18/08 2022: Dak Mi 2 HEP, Vietnam – in commercial operation after official inauguration
The Quang Nam Energy Joint Stock Company (member of the Ha Do Group), being the developer of the project had entrusted ANDRITZ with the supply of electro-mechanical equipment (147 MW).
The project was officially inaugurated on July 16, 2022.
The Dak Mi 2 project is located on the upstream of Dak Mi River in Phuoc Son district. During the construction period of 30 months, which also happened during the COVID-19 epidemic, the project also faced heavy damages due to an unprecedented flood and landslide in October 2020.
ANDRITZ along with the client worked with determination after this calamity to complete the project in the shortest time possible. The 1st unit officially started generating power in October 2021 while the 2nd unit got online just one month after that while the final unit was synchronised in February 2022.
It is noteworthy to mention that we as a very responsive contractor helped salvage material due to the floods. Even though this occurred during the peak of COVID, we were able to commission the project with limited manpower while not comprising with quality. Kudos to our colleague Vasanth Kumar and the site team in helping achieve the commissioning of the project under such trying times!
It is indeed a pleasure to mention that our units have helped improve power generation efficiency, save resources for the client and ensures absolute safety in operations. The project will provide annually 440 million kWh of electricity to Vietnam’s national grid. We are indeed happy to contribute to Vietnam’s energy security once again!
11/08 2022: Hulu Terengganu HEP, Malaysia - Successful commissioning
It gives us immense pleasure to inform you all about the successful closure of Hulu Terengganu hydroelectric project (15 MW) in Malaysia.
This project had its complexities due to which we had to undergo numerous challenges during its execution. This was well appreciated by the client, which led them to issue us a letter of appreciation while achieving its commissioning. Needless to say, the relentless efforts by our execution team and their continued commitment to fulfil the contractual obligations finally paid off. Our customer, namely Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) who is a renowned government utility of Malaysia, was not only appreciative but also supportive of our efforts. That for us is what counts the most!
29/06 2022: Middle Bhotekoshi, Nepal – Successful pressure test of spiral case
On June 14, 2022, the pressure test of unit 1 spiral case of Middle Bhotekoshi project in Nepal was successfully completed.
Commendable efforts were undertaken by the site team for performing the pressure test, which was conducted at 48.3 bar, successfully with the existing challenges of the project. Congratulations to the team and everyone involved to achieve this major milestone after the project was severely affected by flood in July 2020.
In 2014, ANDRITZ signed a contract with Madhya Bhotekoshi Jalavidhyut Company Limited to deliver electromechanical equipment for the 102 MW Middle Bhotekoshi hydropower plant in Nepal. ANDRITZ will supply all the three vertical 35 MW Francis turbines with digital speed governors, three spherical inlet valves, three generators with static excitation systems, digital protection system, computerized supervisory and control (SCADA) system, single phase 220 kV power transformers, as well as the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and electrical and mechanical auxiliary systems.
After completion, the Middle Bhotekoshi hydropower plant will supply about 542.3 GWh of electricity into the national grid per year.
Total Output: 102 MW
Scope output: 3 x 35 MW / 3 x 40.35 MVA
Voltage: 11 KV
Head: 222 m
Speed: 500 rpm
Runner diameter: 1,340 mm
06/06 2022: PSP Pinnapuram, India
Store wind and solar energy in water!
The Pinnapuram power project being the world's first fully integrated renewable energy project with a 1.68 GW pumped hydroelectric storage plant, a 3 GW solar plant and a 0.5 GW wind farm truly happens to be India's pride. Greenko is heralding the way by developing this plant and is the leading energy solution provider in the changing energy landscape of India.
ANDRITZ is undertaking the electro-mechanical works for this prestigious combined pumped storage plant. Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, this is the world's first gigawatt-scale integrated renewable energy storage project. We are indeed proud to be associated with such a project.
With 180 years of energy innovation, ANDRITZ continues to pioneer new ways to make the global energy system greener through its sustainable and innovative concepts in the hydropower sector.
30/05 2022: Tiloth HEP, India – With a continuing zest
The ANDRITZ team has been relentless in achieving execution targets for all its projects under challenging times.
During the COVID-19 lock downs, our teams were at the Tiloth hydro project site in order to meet the requirements of our esteemed client viz. M/s. UJVNL and commissioned 2 units in 2020 and 2021 respectively and handed over the units to the client. The third unit is expected to go on grid by Quarter-2 in 2022.
We are indeed proud to have achieved this milestone much against all odds and will continue to deliver up to the expectations of our clients across the country and the region.
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.
Check out the certificate ISO 5501 for India.
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.
Read more in the press release
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