ANDRITZ receives two orders for hydropower plants in Norway and DR Congo


ANDRITZ HYDRO, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order from Eidsiva Vannkraft AS to supply electromechanical equipment for the new Nedre Otta hydropower plant in Norway and from the Government utility SNEL (Société Nationale d’Électricité) for rehabilitation of the existing Mwadingusha hydropower plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Nedre Otta
The scope of supply comprises design, manufacturing, and delivery of the complete electromechanical equipment, including two vertical Kaplan turbines with a total output of around 86 megawatts (315 GWh), generators, governors, main inlet valves, mechanical auxiliaries, installation, supervision, and commissioning.

Nedre Otta is a greenfield hydropower project located in the community of Oppland, some 270 km north of Oslo. The power plant will be equipped with two Kaplan turbines of identical size and operated as a run-of-the-river plant with no intake reservoir.

After being awarded the supply of hydropower equipment for the Matre Haugsdal, Lysebotn, and Smibelg-Storåvatn hydropower plants over the past few years, the order for Nedre Otta once again confirms ANDRITZ HYDRO’s strong market position in Norway.

As leader of a consortium, ANDRITZ HYDRO has been awarded a contract for refurbishment of the existing Mwadingusha hydropower plant in the Katanga Province, DR Congo. The scope of supply for ANDRITZ HYDRO comprises replacement of four turbine units, generators, governors, inlet valves, exciters, voltage regulation, and draft tube stop logs, including dismantling, erection, and commissioning. The new turbines have almost ten percent more output than the previous units. The original turbine manufacturer was Charmilles, a predecessor of ANDRITZ HYDRO; initial commissioning took place in 1928.

After completion and reconnecting to the grid, the Mwadingusha hydropower plant will provide electric power to the copper mines in the Katanga region as well as to the public distribution grid of SNEL.

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ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 24,200 employees worldwide. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.

ANDRITZ HYDRO is one of the leading global suppliers of electromechanical equipment for hydropower plants. With over 170 years of accumulated experience and more than 30,000 turbines installed, totaling approximately 420,000 megawatts output, the business area supplies the complete product range, including turbines, generators, and additional equipment of all types and sizes – “from water to wire” for small hydro applications up to large hydropower plants with outputs of more than 800 megawatts per turbine unit. ANDRITZ HYDRO is also well positioned in the growing modernization, refurbishment, and upgrade market for existing hydropower plants. Pumps (for water transport, irrigation of agricultural land, and applications in various industries) and turbogenerators for thermal power plants are also allocated to the business area.

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