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Construction in progress at Kops II
08 December, 2004
Construction work has officially begun on the 450MW Kops II hydroelectric plant in Vorarlberg, Austria, with commissioning scheduled for 2007/2008.

Chinese deal signed for Yellow river hydro project
03 November, 2004
China’s Laxiwa hydro power project is to be supplied with Francis turbines from Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation Shanghai worth around US$82.5M.

Three Gorges unit enters second test phase
15 September, 2004
Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation has handed over its fifth generating unit to the Three Gorges hydro power plant in China.

Go with the flow
14 September, 2004
With the current 50-year Priest Rapids operating license set to expire in October 2005, Grant PUD has led an extensive process to obtain a new FERC license that includes support for the installation of a new turbine design, writes Kathy Kiefer

Swiss plant set for US$2.6M upgrade
20 August, 2004
Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation has been awarded a contract worth US$2.6M to modernise a Swiss small hydro power station.

US$12.2M Peru modernisation contract announced
29 June, 2004
Peru’s Callahuanca hydroelectric project is to receive complete modernisation work valued at around US$12.2M that will increase its overall output by some 25%.

Smooth operators - preventing turbine erosion
01 June, 2004
The combination of better design and the use of protective coatings is an effective way of reducing abrasive erosion of hydro power turbines, say M. Engelhardt and D. Oechsle

First unit commissioned at Goldisthal
25 May, 2004
Europe’s first variable speed unit has been commissioned at the Goldisthal pumped storage power plant in Thuringia, Germany. It is one of two such units installed at the plant, together with two fixed speed units.

Braz model acceptance test completed
13 May, 2004
Engineers have completed three days of acceptance tests on the Pelton turbine model for Austria’s Braz hydro power plant.

Riksheimdal connected to the grid
05 April, 2004
Less than one year after construction and installation works began at Norway’s Riksheimdal hydro project, the plant, located on the Riksheim river, has been connected to the grid.

Out of Africa - refurbishing Kidatu
24 March, 2004
Einar Røset explains how funds and technology from industrialised countries have been used to improve the reliability of power supply in Tanzania

US$8.9M Montenegro rehab deal signed
12 March, 2004
A contract for rehabilitation work at Montenegro’s 307MW Perucica hydro power plant has gone to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation.

Gilgel Gibe starts up
08 March, 2004
Ethiopia’s 184MW Gilgel Gibe has begun commercial operation and is now supplying some 40% of the nation’s current installed generating capacity.

Early riser - capacity added to Kenya's Gitaru
02 March, 2004
The addition of 80MW of generating capacity to Kenya’s Gitaru hydro power plant in under two years has helped to meet the country’s growing demands for electricity

Voith wins generator contract in China
19 February, 2004

US$40.7M for Malaysian rehabs
13 February, 2004
Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation is to modernise five Malaysian hydro power plants over the next three years in a deal worth US$40.7M.

Voith to complete Conowingo upgrades
09 February, 2004
Modernisation work at the 536MW run-of-the-river Conowingo hydro power station in Maryland, US has been awarded to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation.

Voith Fuji scoops Japanese technology award
28 January, 2004
Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation’s Japanese unit has been awarded the 51st Ohm technical prize for its work on the Kaminojiri 2 hydro station, in conjunction with Tohoku Electric Power Co. which owns and runs the plant.

Voith Siemens to rehabilitate Afghan plants
06 January, 2004
AFGHANISTAN’S MINISTRY of water and power has awarded a contract worth US$16.9M to Voith Siemens hydro power generation for the rehabilitation of two of the country’s hydroelectric plants.

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