Andritz Hydro is to supply electromechanical equipment for the Nam Theun 1 hydropower project in Lao PDR in a contract awarded by Phonesack Group Limited. 

Andritz’s scope of supply for the project comprises design, manufacturing and the supply of the complete electromechanical equipment, including three vertical Francis turbines with a total output of around 670MW, model test, generators, governors, automation system, main transformer, medium- and low-voltage switchgears, power and control cables, fire protection system, 500kV GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear), the main inlet valve, mechanical auxiliaries, installation supervision and commissioning.

Nam Theun 1 is a hydropower storage scheme using the water from the Nam Kading River. It is a major project of the Lao and Thai Power development plan and will strongly contribute to the grid stability in both countries. Electricity will be supplied to Lao and Thailand by dedicated transmission lines. Commercial operation is scheduled to start by the end of 2020.

Andritz has previously successfully supplied hydropower equipment for Huay Ho, Nam Theun 2, Theun Hinboun and Nam Lik over the last few years in Lao.