Power Machines has announced that the hydroelectric unit No 1 has been placed back into operation at RushHydro’s Volga project following an extensive refurbishment involving the replacement of the hydro turbine, generator, field system, automation and balance of plant systems.
The new unit has improved performance characteristics that will allow increasing its capacity ultimately by 10.5 MW. The equipment revamping is being carried out in compliance with the RusHydro Comprehensive Modernization Program (CMP).
Unit No. 1 was refurbished under a long-term agreement between RusHydro and Power Machines concluded in 2011. As the general contractor, Power Machines is responsible for equipment deinstallation and installation, installation supervision and commissioning. At present, 17 hydro turbines and 9 generators have been replaced at the 22 unit plant.
At present, Power Machines continues to perform turbine and generator replacement work at unit No. 15, with the unit expected to be put into operation in 2018. Generators field systems replacement work is currently underway.