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FMHL to double Veytaux pumped-storage hydro plant capacity

Swiss firm Forces Motrices Hongrin-Leman has started work to double the generating capacity of a 240-MW pumped-storage hydropower project in Veytaux, Switzerland, wire services reported.

FMHL is constructing a new underground cavern near the existing one and will be installing two additional pump-turbine groups with a total capacity of 240 MW.

By the end of 2014, the Veytaux facilities will have a total installed capacity of 480 MW, of which 420 MW will be used for operations, with the rest held in reserve.

In other news, Russian hydropower producer RusHydro plans to start building a pumped-storage hydropower plant in the Leningrad Region of Russia some time between September and November, wire services reported.

The pumped-storage hydropower plant is expected to have a capacity of 1,560 MW and is expected to annually produce 2.9 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power, reports indicate.

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