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Austria utility awards automation contract for 16-MW Werfen/Pfarrwerfen

Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG has awarded a contract to supply automation equipment for the 16-MW Werfen/Pfarrwerfen hydroelectric project being built on Austria's Salzach River.

Verbund named VA Tech Hydro GmbH to provide planning, supply, assembly, and start up of entire power station instrumentation as well as links to existing control systems of power stations on the middle Salzach. VA Tech Hydro was one of three bidders for the work. (HNN 3/15/07)

The 61.5 million euro (US$74.3 million) project is to have two 8-MW Kaplan units designed for a flow of 100 cms and a head of 11.4 meters. Verbund and co-developer Salzburg AG hope to complete the plant by 2008.

Verbund previously awarded Arge VA Tech Hydro GmbH and Mitges KW Werfen an 11.27 million euro (US$14.33 million) contract to supply turbine-generators. Steiner Bau GmbH of Germany won a contract for civil work including powerhouse and weir construction and reservoir work.

Hans Kunz GmbH of Austria received a contract to supply gates and a weir system for the powerhouse. Urbas Maschinenfarbik GmbH of Austria received a contract to supply a trashrack cleaning machine. Another Austrian firm, Jank S.u.M. Jegging, received a contract to supply fish passage equipment.

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