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Austrian Andritz VA tech Hydro receives major order from Scotland



26. May 2008

Supply of five new turbine generator units to Lochaber power station  

Andritz VA Tech Hydro has been awarded a major refurbishment contract by Alcan Alumnium UK , a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Alcan, in the amount of approximately 23 million GBP for the supply, installation and commissioning of five new turbine generator units ar Lochaber power station in Scotland.

The modernization project of Lochaber hydro power station is worth 40 million GBP and after completion in 2012 it will deliver more renewable energy for Alcan's aluminium production at its Lochaber plant. The Lochaber hydropower station was put into operation in 1929 and with an installed capacity of 72 MW, it was the UK's largest hydroelectric installation at that time. 

Andritz VA Tech Hydro is a global supplier of electromechanical systems and services for hydropower plants and is a world leader for hydraulic power generation. It is part of Andritz group based in Graz, Austria, with more than 12,000 employees worldwide. Austria has a long tradition in the use of hydropower and at present more than half of overall electricity generation comes from this clean, renewable energy source.

The order for Lochaber power station comes while major work is under way at the Glendoe 100 MW hydropower project in Scotland, the first new hydropower plant to be built in the UK for 20 years. The Glendoe power plant is being built in an underground cavern, not far from the famous Loch Ness. Andritz VA Tech Hydro has been awarded the contract for the electromechanical equipment by Scottish and Southern Energy Generation Ltd and participated intensively in the process of planning, conception and optimisation of the project. 

Mechanical and installations works are shared with Andritz VA Tech Hydro's alliance partner WEIR services of Alloa, Scotland at both projects.