Voith Hydro to equip Decew Falls hydro project in Canada

Voith Hydro Canada has won a contract to supply equipment for the Decew Falls 1 hydropower project, Voith Hydro reported.

Operator Ontario Power Generation is overhauling the plant that has been supplying electricity to the grid for more than a century. Voith will supply the turbine runner, shaft and wicket gates of Unit 8. The overhaul will be complete in early 2012.

Voith also had been the original equipment supplier for Decew Falls 1. Early in the 20th century, the owner, Hamilton Cataract Power Company, ordered four turbine units in Heidenheim for the plant located in direct vicinity to the Niagara falls. With delivery from 1904 to 1912, these units were amongst the first ones Voith supplied to North America.

Decew Falls was inducted into the Hydro Hall of Fame in 1998. The Hydro Hall of Fame, established in 1995, recognizes hydro achievement throughout North America, with a special emphasis on long-lasting hydro facilities. To date, 27 plants have been inducted into the hall. Member projects are located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Together, this prestigious group demonstrates the long-lasting and significant contributions of hydroelectric plants. 

In other news, Voith Hydro, as the leader in a consortium with Siemens Portugal, recently secured a EUR122 million (about US$161 million) contract from Energias de Portugal to supply the complete electromechanical equipment for two reversible pumped-storage units at Portugal's Venda Nova III project.

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