MONTREAL: BC Hydro has awarded Voith Hydro in Montreal a contract for the complete overhaul of five Francis turbine units for the Gordon M. Shrum hydro power plant, located near Hudson’s Hope, BC.
Although no financial details were provided, Voith said it is the largest turbine replacement project BC Hydro has awarded so far.
Voith Hydro will supply five new 310-megawatt turbines, site construction, installation, and start-up. The first unit is to be commissioned in 2012 and each of the rest will follow annually until they are all in service by early 2017.
Voith Hydro said the rated output of each turbine will be increased from 266 to 310 megawatts, which will generate up to an additional 177 gigawatt hours—enough electricity for an additional 15,000 homes.
The turbine units in the Gordon M. Shrum plant went into operation in the late 1960s and represent 12% of BC Hydro’s power production capacity.
Voith Hydro is a Group Division of Voith, a global manufacturer based in Germany serving the paper, energy, mobility and service industries.