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

17 January 2017

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.