Modernisation work on the Sarobi and Mahipar plants will result in an installed capacity of some 77MW in about 18 months’ time.

Under the terms of the contract, Voith Siemens Hydro is to provide two Francis turbines, two synchronous generators, control and excitation instruments, transformers, automation and protection systems to Sarobi’s two units, with first commissioning slated for June 2005.

Two of the three units at Mahipar are to be partly modernised and repaired with the delivery of electromechanical equipment, assembly and supervision of commissioning, the first stage of which is expected in May 2005.

Finance for the rehabilitation works is to be provided by Germany’s KfW.

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