Grand Rapids hydropower plant. Image courtesy Manitoba Hydro

GE Vernova's Hydro Power division has been selected by Manitoba Hydro to undertake the replacement of the Unit-4 Kaplan runner at the 479MW Grand Rapids Generating Station on the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba, Canada.

The comprehensive scope of work encompasses the design, fabrication, and delivery of the runner with a diameter exceeding 6m. The assembly and testing of this crucial component will take place at GE Vernova's Hydro Power North America facilities.

This project will help enhance the performance and efficiency of the Grand Rapids Generating Station, which has been serving its purpose for nearly six decades. Notably, two decades ago, GE Vernova had previously delivered new runners for Units 1, 2, and 3 at the same station.

Romain Pellegrino, Hydro Power North America Leader, GE Vernova, said: “Canada has been a pioneer in hydropower development for about 140 years; the installed based today is significant, and ageing, which creates huge opportunities to service the fleet, to help extend the project's life, increase efficiency, and help deliver even more clean energy to the grid. We are pleased to be working with Manitoba Hydro on this project, which gives a great example of the possibilities that come with hydropower”.

The Grand Rapids Generating Station represents a reservoir-based hydropower plant that first commenced operations back in 1965. Over the course of its history, it has generated 1,580 GWh of clean electricity. The plant's four Kaplan units, which have been integral to its enduring success, were originally supplied by GE.

Canada stands as a global leader in hydropower production, securing its position as the world's fourth-largest producer in terms of installed capacity, as per the International Hydropower Association (IHA). With an installed base of approximately 82GW, hydropower currently contributes to over 60% of Canada's total electricity production, further solidifying its significance in the nation's energy landscape.