GE Hydro Solutions is to refurbish two 120 MVA vertical synchronous generators at the Bitsch power plant station in Wallis, Switzerland under a service contract with HYDRO Exploitation SA, acting on behalf of the asset owner Electra-Massa SA.

Under the refurbishment project, the 340MW hydropower plant will be equipped with two new state-of-the-art generators tailored to meet the customer's specific operational needs. They will replace the previous equipment which reached the end of its life, and extend the lifetime of the plant for several decades.

“We are delighted to support Electra-Massa SA in their efforts to produce sustainable electricity with a higher level of reliability to meet local demand,” commented Pascal Radue, President and CEO of GE’s Hydro Solutions. “We appreciate their confidence and will work to ensure that the customized design of the future generators will help improve the performance of the power station. Most importantly, Electra-Massa SA will be able to produce sustainable electricity with a higher flexibility to meet the local demand. We are proud to be part of this project which confirms the critical role of hydropower in the Switzerland's energy production.”

GE Hydro Solutions will be responsible for the design studies, the engineering, the manufacturing and the delivery of the two generators. Once the generators are delivered, GE Hydro Solutions will be in charge of the erection and the commissioning of the new equipment.

HYDRO Exploitation SA, that operates the plant for Electra-Massa SA, will act as the project owner’s representative.

The first modernized Bitsch unit is expected to be commissioned in August 2024, and the last one is expected to come online in 2025.


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