Voith Hydro has been selected as the general contractor by Ignitis Gamyba for the expansion of the Kruonis pumped storage hydropower facility in Lithuania. 

To offset the volatility of solar and wind power, the partially state-owned Ignitis Group is investing approximately EUR 150 million in the facility, including the installation of a variable-speed pump turbine unit with an output of 110MW,.

As the general contractor, Voith Hydro will be responsible for the design, manufacturing, transport, assembly, and commissioning of the unit on site. The company's scope of supply includes pump turbine and motor-generator, full-size converter, transformer, penstock, auxiliary equipment, and civil works to integrate the unit optimally into the existing power plant.

The expansion of the Kruonis facility is part of Lithuania's efforts to reduce its dependence on energy imports and expand its renewable energy sources, particularly solar and wind power. The new unit is expected to help offset the volatility of these energy sources and is set to go into operation by the end of 2026.

"We are extremely pleased about the trust placed in us to act as general contractor for our customer on this project. All our partners are now ready to enter the implementation phase and thus provide the best possible support to Ignitis Gamyba in achieving its goals," said Hubert Geissberger, Voith Hydro sales representative for the region.


Image: Ignitis Gamyba Head of Production Darius Kucinas and Rimgaudas Kalvaitis, CEO of Ignitis Gamyba are pictured with Reinhold Schneider, Managing Director of Voith Hydro in St. Pölten and regional sales representative Hubert Geissberger during contract signing in Lithuania