Local news South and Central America

02/07/2024: Final phase of Sao Simao spillway rehabilitation

ANDRITZ has initiated the third and final phase of the spillway rehabilitation at the Sao Simao hydroelectric plant, located on the border between the states of Minas Gerais and Goias. The team completed the remobilization phase at the end of May, hiring field personnel and setting up the new layout of the construction site, including the assembly of basic structures such as the pipe shop and other areas.

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01/07/2024: Outstanding participation of ANDRITZ at Expo Energia Peru 2024

An incredible event took place at the Swissotel in Lima, Peru, where ANDRITZ participated as a Gold Sponsor on June 24 and 25. This 10th edition focused on the transition to sustainable energy and the commitment to achieve decarbonization, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

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On this occasion, we had the pleasure of listening to the talk "Digitalization Applied to the Modernization of Hydropower Plants" by Enrico Simonetto, Sales Director and Regional Business Developer, as well as the participation of..........

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04/06/2024: Automation modernization at the Corumbá Hydroelectric Plant

ANDRITZ Hydropower has been a long-time partner of Eletrobras Furnas, and since November 2022, has embarked on a modernization project that will mark a significant technological and operational advancement for the Corumbá Hydroelectric Plant in the state of Goiás.

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The recent tests of the new control system were successfully completed, and the company is committed to delivering a high-quality project, ensuring operational efficiency, and enhancing the plant's reliability.

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03/06/2024: ANDRITZ at the Energy Expo Peru 2024 in Lima!

Get ready for an exciting experience at Energy Expo 2024!

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Join us on June 24th-25th at the Hotel Swisshotel, Booth 23, where ANDRITZ as Gold Sponsor will showcase its latest innovations in hydropower generation. Don't miss this opportunity to explore cutting-edge solutions and advancements that are shaping the future of energy.

In its 10th edition, the event focuses on the transition to sustainable energy and the commitment to achieve decarbonization, reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the effects of climate change. 

A space where you can connect with suppliers, potential customers, and industry players, growing your network of contacts.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about how ANDRITZ is making a difference in the world of renewable energy. We are looking forward to seeing you at Booth 23!

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31/05/2024: Discover the Excellence of ANDRITZ in Synchronous Condenser Production!

ANDRITZ Hydropower Brazil boasts a modern manufacturing center spanning 54,017 m², representing the state of the art in industrial technology.

We specialize in the design, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of Synchronous Condensers, essential equipment for ensuring the stability of the power grid, especially with the increasing integration of intermittent energy sources.

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16/05/2024: Manufacturing Progress of the Francis Runner at Angostura Hydropower Plant

During our visit to the mechanical workshop, we witnessed the progress in manufacturing the Francis Runner Unit 2, a component with an impressive weight of 88 tons.

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This achievement not only represents a vital piece in the infrastructure of the plant but also reflects our deep commitment to quality and efficiency in all our operations. As one of the nine projects...

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19/04/2024: Amata hydropower plant - Powering a sustainable future

In a continuous effort to strengthen Mexico's energy infrastructure and to move towards a more sustainable future, the Federal Electricity Commission has entrusted ANDRITZ to carry out the Amata hydroelectric project. Located in the town of Santa Cruz de Alaya, Sinaloa, the Amata Hydroelectric Power Plant with an installed capacity of 10 MW will be equipped to supply the interconnected electrical system of Sinaloa in a reliable and efficient way, providing clean and sustainable energy for local communities.

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15/04/2024: Testing of movement, pressure, and tightness in Sobradinho

The team from ANDRITZ Hydropower Brazil continues to carry out the modernization work on the generating units of the Sobradinho Hydroelectric Plant. The testing of movement, pressure, and tightness of the first refurbished generating unit began between the end of February and the beginning of March 2024.

The rotor shown in the images was refurbished by the ANDRITZ team, encompassing complete recovery by removing cavitations, pores, and cracks, as well as modifying the sealing system between the...

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03/04/2024: Success at Malpaso hydropower plant!

We are pleased to announce that the Francis runner Unit 1 destined for the Malpaso hydroelectric power plant has been successfully completed.

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With a weight of 77,800 kilograms, this turbine is a testament of the hard work and dedication of our...

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21/03/2024: Women's Day at ANDRITZ: an inspiring encounter of self-awareness

At ANDRITZ, we recognize the importance of celebrating and empowering the role of women in our workplace and society as a whole. On International Women's Day, March 8th, we gathered all female employees for an enriching moment of self-awareness.

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The event began with a warm opening from Directors Bruno Moraes and Marcelo Malafaia, who highlighted ANDRITZ's commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. Following this, the event unfolded under the guidance of renowned Coach and Facilitator of Development Processes, Fabiana Mello.

Participants had the privilege of delving into deep reflections on life stages and maturity, as well as considering...

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11/03/2024: On-site machining of the first generating unit at Sobradinho completed.

On-site machining of the components of the first generating unit at Sobradinho was successfully completed in December 2023. This is an important step of the project to refurbish six generating units. In this project, ANDRITZ is working with one of the world's largest Kaplan turbines, which is considered the largest the company has ever worked with, being the second largest of its kind in Brazil.

For this work, ANDRITZ has the support of four on-site machining machinery, as each generating unit has, in addition to components concreted and welded in the well, very large components...

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06/03/2024: Celebrating Milestones: Delivering Excellence in Energy Modernization at El Cajón Hydroelectric Power Plant

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of yet another milestone project – the modernization of the static excitation system at the El Cajón Hydroelectric Power Plant, located in Santa María del Oro, Nayarit. This achievement not only represents a significant technological advancement but also underscores our unwavering commitment to ensuring the availability and stability of the power plant's generating units.

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At ANDRITZ, we take immense pride in our role as leaders in energy modernization, and this project is a testament to our dedication to pushing boundaries and setting new standards in...

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21/02/2024: Uruguay, Baygorria: Successful turbine model test.

ANDRITZ once again commits to quality and excellence in all its deliveries, thus seeking to carry out each stage of its projects with active participation from its clients, as was the case with the Kaplan turbine model test conducted in November 2023 in Linz, Austria under the supervision of UTE for the modernization project of the Baygorria plant, located on the course of the Rio Negro, near the city of Durazno, Uruguay. The test was successful and showed that ANDRITZ continues on the right path towards generating increasingly renewable and sustainable energy. 

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ANDRITZ once again commits to quality and excellence in all its deliveries, thus seeking to carry out each stage of its projects with active participation from its clients, as was the case with the Kaplan turbine model test conducted in..

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13/02/2024: Presagho project - A real success of Metris DioMera predictive technology in O&M

The project involved in the implementation of the DioMera digital platform, in particular the application of predictive KDI and KTI (Key Diagnostic Indicator and Key Trend Indicators) in the electromechanical equipment of ENEL’s hydropower plants.

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The award encompassed the ENEL fleet especially in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil for a total potential capacity of approx. 10 GW, with a total of about 44 power plants. Signed in April 2019, the stands as a beacon for the ANDRITZ’ Operation & Maintenance business.

Successfully executed to the utmost satisfaction of all involved parties, the project represents an important....

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13/02/2024: Presagho project - A real success of Metris DioMera predictive technology in O&M

The project involved in the implementation of the DioMera digital platform, in particular the application of predictive KDI and KTI (Key Diagnostic Indicator and Key Trend Indicators) in the electromechanical equipment of ENEL’s hydropower plants.

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22/01/2024: #TB: Relive with us the most exciting moments of SNPTEE 2023!

During November 26-29, 2023, ANDRITZ participated in the National Symposium on Electric Power Production and Transmission (SNPTEE) in Brasília. It was four intense days filled with insights, debates, and significant advances in the industry, especially regarding the Energy Transition.

ANDRITZ stood out as one of the companies driving important discussions, highlighting the presentation of works demonstrating how the company is prepared for the...

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20/12/2023: SIPATMA 2023 Closing Video: Safety First!

Safety First: Check out the exciting video created for the closing of SIPATMA 2023 at ANDRITZ Hydro.

The event took place between October 25 and 27, bringing together all employees for lectures and interactive activities related to..

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12/12/2023: Rio Bobos, Guatemala – Modernization success

With great enthusiasm, we share the success of the modernization of the Río Bobos Hydroelectric Plant with a total installed capacity of 10.5 MVA, in the Itzabal region of Guatemala, carried out August 2023. This comprehensive project included the implementation of control, protection, speed, voltage, and synchronization control systems, that support the efficient and reliable operation of the hydropower plant.

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The modernized systems, which include equipment of the renowned ANDRITZ brand, range from the control and SCADA to the generator, transformer, and...

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07/12/2023: Chile, Energy Expo 2023 review 

Now that the Energy Expo 2023 has concluded, we want to take a moment to sincerely thank each and every one of you who visited us at the Club Hípico, Santiago. It was an honor to share our innovations and solutions in the field of hydroelectric power and to connect with so many industry professionals and enthusiasts.

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We are overwhelmed by the positive response to our presentations on "from water-to-wire" solutions, sustainability, cybersecurity, and more. Your interest and enthusiasm inspire us to keep moving forward and remind us of the importance of...

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29/11/2023: El Cajón – Modernization of Unit 2 in Mexico

Exciting news! In a step towards the energy vanguard, we are proud to announce that in summer 2023 ANDRITZ was awarded a project for the modernization of the "El Cajón" Hydroelectric Power Plant static excitation system.

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El Cajón is located in Santa María del Oro, Nayarit, on the riverbed of the Rio Grande de Santiago and at the Ing. Leonardo Rodríguez Alcaine Dam. It is equipped with the country's largest hydroelectric...

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16/11/2023: Santa Maria, Mexico – Butterfly valve 

In this exciting journey towards the development of new Hydraulic Infrastructure in Mexico, the Santa Maria Regulating Dam in Rosario, Sinaloa, has become a benchmark of innovation and commitment. Today, we want to share a significant achievement in this project that redefines the possibilities in clean energy generation.

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Recently, the Santa Maria Dam has secured a pivotal contract that includes two 3.500 millimeter nominal diameter butterfly valves, with a nominal pressure of 12.5 Bar. These valves are not...

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15/11/2023: Featured Talk: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Generation and the Maintenance of Hydropower Equipment 

ANDRITZ invites you to a thorough analysis of the influence and applications of Artificial Intelligence in the world of hydropower. Join us at Energy Expo this November 29th at Club Hípico, Santiago.

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Key Aspects of Our Talk: 
📍 Location: Manquehue 2 
🕒 Talk Time: 3:20 PM 
🎙 Speaker: Enrico Simonetto, Sales Manager of ANDRITZ Hydro Chile

Dive with us into the technological revolution that...

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09/11/2023: Brasília on the Hydropower Route: ANDRITZ at SNPTEE 2023!

ANDRITZ is a confirmed presence at the XXVII edition of the National Week of Electric Power Production and Transmission (SNPTEE) 2023, which will take place from November 26 to 29 in Brasília, at the International Convention Center of Brazil (CICB).

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SNPTEE is one of the most important events in the field of electric power production and transmission in Latin America, bringing together...

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30/10/2023: Special Announcement: ANDRITZ at Energy Expo 2023

We are thrilled to announce that ANDRITZ will be present at Energy Expo 2023 on the upcoming 29th of November! We invite you to visit our booth, Booth 27, where you can learn more about our solutions and advancements in the field of hydropower generation.

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Our Vision: We firmly believe that hydropower is the most economical form of renewable energy. We work hand in hand with our...

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25/10/2023: Explore the inner workings of our electrical factory in Araraquara! 

In every bar, component, and detail, there is a commitment from the entire ANDRITZ Hydro team to provide quality solutions to our customers. That's why we want to invite you to explore the place that is one of the cornerstones of the excellence of our products, the Electrical Factory.

Our team works tirelessly to ensure that each product carries our identity and values, contributing to...

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16/10/2023: FISE CIGRE Conference 2023 - Towards an Energy Transition

In recent years, the FISE fair has become an ideal platform to promote the establishment and renewal of strategic alliances, thus supporting the growth and strengthening of business in the national and international electrical industry sector in the medium and long term.

ANDRITZ will participate in the next 10th edition of the fair, which will be held from November 14 to 16, 2023 in Medellin, Colombia, at the Plaza Mayor Congress Center.

On this occasion, FISE will be attended by more than 300 exhibitors and more than 28,000 visitors. The exhibitors and manufacturers are from the renewable energy, electrical installations, and industrial control sectors. The activities on offer provide space for business discussions, networking, and learning opportunities in all pavilions, at the academic event and at the technical presentations.

ANDRITZ will not only be present at the exhibition but will sponsor the academic event featuring a keynote lecture about Synchronous Condensers by Ing. Paulo Brito from ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil and will also offer a technical lecture about the Modernization of Hydroelectric Power Plants by Ing. Daniel Staempfli from ANDRITZ Hydro Switzerland.

Visitors to this exhibition will find us in the blue pavilion, booth ANDRITZ, no. AZ-024. For more information, please click here: https://fise.co/feria-fise/evento-academico/

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04/10/2023: Discover our mechanical manufacturing facility!

At ANDRITZ, our team of specialists is dedicated to designing and constructing solutions for a range of products, including generators, synchronous condensers, turbines, meeting our customer’s requirements.

But do you know what a mechanical assembly factory for large components looks like? We would like to give you a glimpse behind the scenes of our manufacturing capabilities, located in Araraquara, São Paulo.

Our mechanical factory stands as a symbol of precision and innovation, serving major projects not only in Brazil but also worldwide. Each piece produced is...

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25/09/2023: ANDRITZ Hydro welcomes Romeu Zema in Vienna and confirms the establishment of a company unit in Minas Gerais

On September 15th, 2023, ANDRITZ Hydro received Romeu Zema, Governor of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, along with his delegation and members of CEMIG - Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais, at the company's headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

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During the visit, Managing Director of ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil, Dieter Hopf, presented the portfolio, the latest developments to support the energy transition, and new products for the mining sector in Brazil. Additionally, other projects were...

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08/09/2023: ANDRITZ Hydro received further important contract with EPM in Colombia

With the aim of further expanding its presence in the Latin American hydro energy market, ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil, with the support of ANDRITZ Hydro Colombia, has finalized the signing of an important contract with EPM - Empresas Públicas de Medellín for the rehabilitation of the Playas hydropower plant.

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The El General Hydropower Plant is located about 50 km from San José and 102 km from Puerto Limón on the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica. It features....

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07/09 2023: Exciting News about the El General hydropower project in Costa Rica!

We are pleased to have achieved the successful delivery of spare parts, two upper turbine covers for Units I and II, along with two lower cover pieces. 

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The El General Hydropower Plant is located about 50 km from San José and 102 km from Puerto Limón on the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica. It features....

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04/09/2023: ANDRITZ Team at Jaguara Hydropower Plant: Stator Extraction

In June, the team working on the Jaguara Hydropower Plant Modernization Project successfully carried out the removal of the stator, which was completely replaced. 

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Due to plant restrictions, the removal of the original stator involved a complex study by the engineering and rigging team.

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10/08/2023: ANDRITZ receives major modernization order for Jaguara hydropower plant, Brazil

The Brazilian company ENGIE Brasil Energia awarded international technology group ANDRITZ a contract for modernization of the Brazilian Jaguara hydropower plant.

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Located in Rifaina, State of Sao Paulo, the 424 MW hydropower plant is an important asset of....

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25/07/2023: Consortium Saceem - ANDRITZ was awarded the modernization of the Rincón de Baygorria Hydroelectric Power Plant

The project will ensure increased reliability for the power plant and an increase in renewable energy generation.

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17/07 2023: Colombia – New contracts for HPPs Guatapé and Guadalupe

ANDRITZ is extending its support for Empresas Públicas de Medellin in the maintenance of its hydropower plants.

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In recent years, ANDRITZ and @Empresas Públicas de Medellin (EPM) have resumed their business relations by executing various maintenance and modernization projects in different hydroelectric power plants, thus, successfully returning to giving special attention to the plants for which ANDRITZ was the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

Now, after participating in EPM's public tenders, ANDRITZ Hydro Colombia was awarded further contracts for the hydropower plants Guatapé and Guadalupe.

The Guatapé hydropower station has an installed capacity of 560 MW and is equipped with eight Pelton turbines, originally from ANDRITZ (formerly Escher Wyss). Important maintenance work has been carried out at this power station to ensure power generation. In addition to the repairs carried out in 2021 and 2022 on two runners and an inlet valve, EPM today confirms its confidence in ANDRITZ with the contract for execution of new repairs on two runners and an additional inlet valve, joining another contract for the design, supply, and manufacture of two new, completely forged runners by ANDRITZ Hydro Switzerland, the ANDRITZ Group's "Center of Competence" for Pelton turbines. 

For the Guadalupe III plant with a capacity of 270 MW and Guadalupe IV with 202 MW capacity, ANDRITZ was commissioned to repair four Pelton runners and rehabilitate a pressure relief valve.

The EPM Group has an installed capacity of 4,078 MW, of which 3,608 MW is accounted for by its hydropower stations. Of the total capacity available at EPM, 1,343 MW is accounted for by plants equipped with ANDRITZ turbines, which corresponds to approximately 37% of the current hydropower capacity. EPM is one of the country's most important companies in the field of power generation and, with an estimated share of 27% of power generation, is even Colombia's largest power producer *.

With these contracts, ANDRITZ is further strengthening its support for specialized maintenance of the turbines and mechanical equipment required for the operation of our customer EPM’s hydropower stations. 
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12/07 2023: Mexico, Modernization of HPP Humaya completed

We are delighted to announce the successful completion of the modernization work on the second generator unit of the Humaya hydropower plant. Located on the Humaya River, the hydroelectric generating station has an installed capacity of 90 MW.

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Located on the Humaya River, the hydroelectric generating station has..

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06/07/2023: ANDRITZ will provide a synchronous condenser for a new substation 

ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil signed a new contract with Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica S.A. - TAESA, one of the largest private energy transmission groups in the country.

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In a conversation with Emmanuel Pasqua de Moraes, Executive Manager of Planning and Expansion Engineering at TAESA, the search for excellence and innovation was..

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04/07 2023: Congratulations Hugo Loera! - Level II Thermography certification under ISO 18436

Our colleague Hugo Loera recently obtained the Level II Thermography certification under ISO 18436, after participating in an intensive training that took place in Guadalajara from 23 to 27 May.

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Thanks to this certification, we will be able to carry out more sophisticated thermal inspections and..

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29/06 2023: Yellow Day in ANDRITZ Morelia

At ANDRITZ Morelia, we join in the celebration of Yellow Day, a day filled with color, positivity, and optimism. During this special occasion, we take the time to socialize and resonate together..

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During this day, we share moments..

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28/06/2023: Modernization of the control systems at HPP Las Vacas Guatemala

We are pleased to announce the successful modernization of the control systems at the hydropower plant Las Vacas in Guatemala.

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Las Vacas is located on the Las Vacas River near the village of San Antonio Las Flores in the municipality Chinautla. With a total installed capacity of 45 MW, Las Vacas generates an average of 120 GWh of electricity per year, covering the peak demand of the local population.

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27/06/2023: Salto Grande Binational Delegation visits ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil

On June 2nd, ANDRITZ Hydro welcomed a high-level delegation from Salto Grande Binational, an important hydroelectric power plant located on the Uruguay River between Concordia, Argentina, and Salto, Uruguay. 

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The visitors were accompanied by Sales Director Sérgio Gomes; Electrical and Mechanical Plant Managers Fabio Certo and Denis Loureiro; Quality and Environment Manager Leonardo Ferreira; Engineering Manager Everton Von Zuben; Automation employee Marcelo Sumarán, and Business Development team members Alexis Mozarovski and Gederson Malagola.

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20/06/2023: ANDRITZ combines excellence and technology with field machining in Sobradinho

The contract signed with CHESF continues to follow ANDRITZ's standards of excellence. Currently, the project is focused on providing machining services for the modernization of the Sobradinho power plant, with a focus on Kaplan turbines.

The project has already progressed over 23%, with Unit 2 being disassembled and undergoing various interventions carried out by ANDRITZ's specialized field team.

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15/06/2023: ANDRITZ promotes visit by Brazilian delegation to Austria

ANDRITZ aims to actively participate in the Brazilian energy transition and is making every effort to ensure that its strength in the hydropower sector is seen by those who are following these changes. 

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Based on this, a delegation was created with important names from the sector, representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, ANEEL and the Chamber of Deputies to visit the main hydroelectric power generation points in Austria.

This visit became possible through the work of the presidency and board of directors of ANDRITZ, who have successfully established strong connections that brought together government members and Brazilian investors , the Austrian embassy, clients, and prominent institutions such as ABRAGEL - Brazilian Association of Clean Energy, to foster ideas, solutions, and projects for the challenges Brazil will face in the coming years.

The purpose of the visit was the exchange of information related to pump storage, the operation of multipurpose units, and the generation of green hydrogen. Following this agenda, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Freudenau Hydropower Plant, the largest urban energy generation unit in Austria, take a tour of ANDRITZ’ hydraulic laboratory in Linz and visit the Hintermuhr Hydropower Plant.

Sales Director Sérgio Gomes accompanied the group and stated that this visit was an opportunity to exchange experiences. "Our company is committed to promoting the sharing of knowledge in order to expand our connections and showcase our full capacity as a company to provide services and promote solutions. ANDRITZ stands by its partners for all challenges involving the energy transition."

Another topic mentioned, which was one of the highlights of the benchmarking, was the management of stakeholders in the region where the generation units are located. The President of ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil, Dieter Hopf, commented on how the initiatives adopted by Austrian industries can help create actions with positive impacts in Brazil. "Austria is a model of sustainable energy generation with a geography that allows abundant generation. An important point to emphasize is that along with all this energy comes job creation, as it is currently indicated that electricity demand will increase in the next decade. Brazil has all this potential and is a country that provides development, and ANDRITZ wants to be involved in all the improvements that the energy transition will bring," concluded Dieter.

The trip was also an opportunity to promote meetings between governments. A delegation from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Chamber of Deputies and Mr. Dieter Hopf, participated in meetings in the Austrian parliament and had the opportunity to meet with Minister of Climate and Energy Leonore Gewessler.

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02/06 2023: President of ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil participates in meeting with Austrian parliamentarians at the Ministry of Mines and Energy

On May 16, Dieter Hopf, President of ANDRITZ Hydro, attended a meeting in Brasília, Federal District of Brazil, between important figures from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Mr. Stefan Scholz, the Austrian Ambassador to Brazil, members of the Austrian parliament, and the board of ABRAGEL (Brazilian Association of Clean Energy) to discuss the ongoing energy transformation in the country.

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The meeting was organized through ABRAGEL, as explained by Fernando Vilela, who represented the institution. "The Austrian delegation was very impressed with the information about the hydropower sector in our country. The meeting went smoothly and was productive. Undoubtedly, the ties between Brazil and Austria have been strengthened," he emphasized.

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30/05 2023: Synchronous Condensers for Cachimbo and Novo Progresso Substations in Pará, Brazil

ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil, a multinational company of Austrian origin and a part of the ANDRITZ group, has signed a contract with STERLITE POWER BRAZIL, a leading Indian developer of integrated power transmission infrastructure projects.

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26/04 2023: Los Esclavos, Guatemala – Signing of Compact contract 

December 2022, CONSTRUCTORA KADE S.A. a civil works company in Guatemala, awarded a contract to ANDRITZ Mexico for the supply of two new generating units for the hydropower plant Los Esclavos in Guatemala.

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This Power Station belongs to the state-owned utility Instituto Nacional de Electrification (INDE).

Los Esclavos is located at km 66.5 in the village of Los Esclavos, municipality of Cuilapa, department of Santa Rosa, Guatemala and is equipped with two Francis Vertical units, with a capacity of 7.6 MW each.

The project scope of supply includes the modernization of turbines, generators, turbine governors, excitation system, firefighting system, control and SCADA, as well as installation, commissioning, and training.

The ANDRITZ solution includes supplies from ANDRITZ Germany and ANDRITZ Germany comprising an optimal modular design by Compact Hydro, which minimizes the number of new components and the size of the new turbines and generators. The commissioning of the new turbine and generators will be in June 2024.

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28/03 2023: Women at ANDRITZ Morelia - 8th March, 2023

We add, we contribute and, together we reach the goal, every day we are more, sharing strength, talent, and motivation, because we have shown that teamwork drives us to show our strengths as people, breaking stereotypes.

Let's continue in this way so that..

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23/03 2023: Visit to ANDRITZ facilities in Morelia, Mexico

We thank Mr. Antoine Darde from our representative of Guatemala, Mr. Nelson Pedraza and Ing. Josué Garcia representatives of the National Electrification Institute (INDE) of the Aguacapa Hydroelectric Power Plant, for his visit to the ANDRITZ Mexico facilities on February 21 – 23.

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On the occasion of this visit hydraulic wave tests were carried out where..

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09/03 2022: Chile - Guindo Substation successfully energized

In December 2022 the energizing of the 220/66 kV substation Guindo in Chile has been successfully finalized.

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16/02/2023: Roundtable on sustainable hydroelectricity in Colombia

We thank the IHA for their invitation to participate in the round table on sustainable hydroelectricity in Colombia held on Monday, February 6 in Bogota Colombia.

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IHA President Roger Gill along with his colleagues Pablo Valverde..

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02/02 2023: We celebrated the 40th anniversary of ANDRITZ Mexico 

ANDRITZ has inspired cutting-edge engineering with innovative and extraordinary projects that have made the dreams of thousands of employees around the world come true and have generated a positive impact on the environment, so we are proud that ANDRITZ Mexico is part of one of the leading countries in the market for integrated solutions, products and services for hydroelectric plants in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for 40 years.

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For this reason, in December 2022, we had..

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05/12 2022: São Roque Hydroelectric Power Plant

ANDRITZ Hydro Brasil has completed, with excellence, the final supervision of the assembly and commissioning of the three generating units of the São Roque Hydroelectric Power Plant, located on the Canoas River, in the Midwest Region of the state of Santa Catarina!

The project covered..

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30/11 2022: MODERNIZATION OF HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS: THREE COUNTRIES, NINE PLANTS AND AN INNOVATIVE PROJECT

ANDRITZ Hydro Brasil is working in partnership with ANDRITZ Hydro Mexico and Austria, on the modernization and supply of generators for the Penitas & Humaya hydroelectric power plants, located in the state of Chiapas and Badiraguato Sinaloa, respectively.

ANDRITZ Hydro Brasil is working in partnership with..

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16/11 2022: MEGATRENDS: ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE OF POWER GENERATION?

Megatrends like urbanization, climate change and digital transformation are fundamentally changing every aspect of our lives. Change can be challenging, but it also offers space for positive change and even greater opportunities for those companies, organizations and societies willing to embrace new realities.

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09/11 2022: AUTOMATION OF HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS: MODERNIZATION OF EXCITATION AND CONTROL SYSTEMS

ANDRITZ Hydro Brasil is working with FURNAS for the modernization of the Excitation and Control Systems of the Synchronous Compensators of the Substations of Ibiúna, located in São Paulo, and Grajaú, in Rio de Janeiro.

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27/10 2022: Expo Energía 2022

9th November 2022 – Club Hípico Santiago – Sector Salón Mármol

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Expo Energía 2022 will bring together businessmen and executives from the mining, energy and industry sectors, giving ample opportunities to learn about and interact with the latest technological innovations and attend lectures on the topics that are setting trends in the energy world.

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13/10 2022: Cerro del Aguila, Peru – Major milestone achieved – second unit completed

In the frame of the 10 years of “integrated Maintenance contract” of Cerro del Aguila HPP, the second milestone related with the completeness of the major rehabilitation of the second unit has been achieved.

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On Sept-17 2022 our team closed with full success the major maintenance of Unit 1.We may consider it a kind of record having completed the works in 16 days versus the contractually foreseen 33 days. 24/7 activities, two working shifts of 12 hours each, five of ours best supervisors from ANDRITZ Hydro locations in Italy and Mexico, more than 50 site persons involved, team spirit, commitment, common target and synergy with our client and great competences made this success real.

The third major maintenance with unit uprate is expected within the end of the year, and it will close the first round of major intervention, until the second one which will start in 2026.

Providing added value

During the whole period between one major maintenance and the following one and thanks to our innovative digital services, and specific competence about machine erosion prediction, ANDRITZ will guarantee to the client an efficiency drop of the units within defined limits.



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01/09 2022: Medellin, Colombia - "VI Seminar on Hydroelectric Power Plants and Energy Generation Systems"

The Antioquia Society of Engineers and Architects (SAI) in Colombia held the VI Seminar on Hydroelectric Power Plants Power Generation Systems in the city of Medellin, Colombia.

According to the organizers of this event, its objective of creating awareness and generating debate on the way in which the electricity sector in Colombia is being developed and planned was achieved.

On August 3 to 5, 2022, more than 400 attendees met at this seminar, 60% face-to-face and 40% virtual. The virtual modality allowed us to share all the information with some of our clients such as CELEC (Ecuador), CORPOELEC (Venezuela), CELSIA, EPM, Empresa de Acueducto (Colombia) among others. These companies organized special rooms to gather their staff and thus they could attend all the conferences held at the event.

ANDRITZ is proud to have participated with two presentations that were very well received during the event.

The first presentation on “Energy Storage and Reversible Plants Pump / Turbine” was given by Ing. Diego Pigozzo, General Manager of ANDRITZ Hydro Peru, giving a vision of its importance worldwide, and how pumped storage technology has already been developed in different countries.

The second presentation was about the “Aging of Hydroelectric power plants and the possibilities of modernization in Colombia. From ANDRITZ Hydro Colombia, Ing. Carlos Sgro, General Manager, and Ing. Edwin Sierra, Sales and Marketing SR Leader, held this conference highlighting the number of megawatts installed in Colombia and the main reasons to take into account to contemplate the modernization of these power plants.

During both presentations, general doubts about the pumping system and the increase in the megawatt capacity that can occur when modernizing plants were resolved. These topics were received with great acceptance by the attendees, both face-to-face and virtual, due to the broad participation through the tools provided by the SAI.

Thanks to the SAI team for the opportunity to present our two conferences that aroused the interest of the event's organizers and sponsors from the beginning, making us part of two spaces on this scene that were very well received and being an excellent occasion for the exchange of knowledge.

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04/07 2022: ANDRITZ at the EXPO ENERGIA in Peru

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After a two-year intermission due to Covid, the Expo Energia Expo Energía Perú 2022 – Exhibition and Conferences, were again held in Lima on June 20 and 21, 2022. The conference had the motto: "The challenge of energy: The transition to a new energy model", analyzing and discussing various issues oriented to the energy transition, technological innovation and transformation of our matrix towards renewable energies.

ANDRITZ Hydro was pleased to participate as a platinum sponsor, attending with a booth and a presentation with focus on energy storage systems and market megatrends, which was held in the main conference room and received much attention and positive feedback. At a three -hour seminar for technicians and specialists we presented some specific topics of our products such as 

  • Synchronous Condenser & Pumps turbines
  • Compact Hydro Hybrid project (BESS & Floating Solar)
  • Rehab of existing plants with particular focus to new operating range required by the market
  • O&M Data prediction and actions
  • Substations and remote-control systems for renewable energy plants

The conference was very well attended by participants from many South American countries, not only Peru, but also Chile, Bolivia and Colombia. We were pleased that there was a lively exchange of experiences and expertise and that we were able to further cultivate our good relationships with many people from the South American energy market.

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12/05 2022: "Colombian-Austrian Hydroenergetic Symposium" in Bogotá, Colombia

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The Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, in alliance with ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Colombia have developed the "Colombian-Austrian Hydroenergetic Symposium” to meet the rising export and invest activities of Austrian companies in Colombia.

On April 20th, about 100 companies came together to learn about implementing sustainable economic models in energy and mobility based on science, technology, and innovation through this event. They learned how Austria had established itself as a leading country in the fight against climate change.

ANDRITZ is proud to have participated with a presentation on Pumped Storage Technology. Beat Ritschard, as Technical Advisor of ANDRITZ Hydro Colombia, made a presentation called "Pumped Storage - The number one storage technology - Hybrid Hydropower Solutions" and gave an overview of the latest pumped storage technology and its importance for the future energy transition. Likewise, this topic was added to the challenges of Colombia and its existing hydroelectric plants in the presentation made, in the final Discussion Panel, by Carlos Sgro, current Director of Andritz Hydro Colombia. Both topics received a lot of attention and acceptance from the authorities and the attending public.


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January 2022: ANDRITZ participated to the inauguration ceremony of the 154 kV electrical substation Pueblo Seco, Chile 

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On November 25, 2021 ANDRITZ participated to the inauguration ceremony of the 154 kV electrical substation Pueblo Seco in Chile. ANDRITZ Italy together with ANDRITZ Chile carried out the engineering work and supplied the equipment, supervision and commissioning of the complete electrical power system, control & protection, automation and SCADA system. The substation includes also a 20 MVA 154/23 kV step-up transformer and it is fully operated by a remote supervision and control system. 

The Pueblo Seco substation is part of the energy transformation plan that is ongoing in the country and it is part of the projects to reinforce the Chilean transmission grid. It will also contribute to the local distribution system as well as the future interconnection of other medium voltage lines. The substation was successfully commissioned in September this year with the interconnection of the 154kV Charrua-Monterrico line. 

ANDRITZ takes immense pride in being the selected as a reliable partner for the complete electrical power system and automation works of this relevant project with our long-standing experience around the world in high-voltage substations.

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June 2021: HPP Yacyretá, Brazil – Contract for 18 new excitation systems with HIPASE technology

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ANDRITZ Hydro Brazil entered into a partnership with Entidad Binacional Yacyreta (EBY) to supply 18 new excitation systems with HIPASE-E technology, a dedicated automation solution from ANDRITZ, for the Yacyretá Hydroelectric Plant, located on the Paraná River, between Argentina and Paraguay.

The Yacyreta hydropower plant belongs to Entidad Binacional Yacyretá and has been in commercial operation since 1994. Nowadays, it has an installed capacity of 3,200 MW MW and is responsible to supply electricity needs of 50% residences in Argentina, not to mention industries.

The qualifying process in the binational bid was challenging and required a lot of preparation from the entire team in terms of compliance, corporate, as well as technical and economic aspects. ANDRITZ used its market expertise and submitted a customized offer. We were finally chosen to supply the complete modernization of the excitation systems (cubicles, transformers, set of auxiliary part and component) consisting of basic and detailed design, manufacturing/assembly, factory acceptance tests, transport, site installation and commissioning.

This is a very important project for ANDRITZ that not only highlights ANDRITZ competence and expertise in the automation market but also marks the beginning of a long term partnership with Entidad Binacional Yacyreta.

Technical Details:
Total output: 3,200 MW
Head: 21.3 m
Voltage: 13.2 kV

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