Update on the HPP Assiut project in Egypt

HPP Assiut, Egypt

PAC for all four units achieved

ANDRITZ Hydro (Germany and Austria) has successfully supplied and installed four Bulb turbines, generators, electrical and mechanical auxiliary systems at the New Assiut Barrage and Hydropower Plant, the rebuild of the Assiut barrage, the oldest dam in the Egyptian section of the river Nile.

It uses the tail waters of the Assiut Reservoir, some 560 km upstream to generate electricity. The Assiut Dam was constructed between 1898 and 1903, and in conjunction with the reservoir, provided for the diversion of river water into Egypt's largest irrigation canal, the Ibrahimiya Canal, during the low water season.

The contract was signed in December 2011 and all four units started commercial operation between May and August 2018. The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi inaugurated the new dam and hydropower plant in August 2018.The dam is strategically very important as it will be used to generate electricity, provide an increase in the allowed head, allowing more water discharges into the Ibrahimiya Canal and will improve navigation conditions as well as irrigate fields in at least four governorates in Egypt.

Following the supply of Bulb turbines to the New Esna power station (1989), the extensive rehabilitation of the turbines in Aswan 1 (1992-1997) and the supply of Bulb turbines to the New Naga Hammadi power station (2002-2008), this constitutes the fourth major contract in a row for ANDRITZ Hydro in Egypt.

TECHNICAL DATA

Total output: 4 x 11 MW 
Head: 6.6 m
Speed: 78.95 rpm
 

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