Voith to outfit two Austrian pumped-storage hydropower projects

Silvretta Reservoir

Utility company Vorarlberger Illwerke AG has awarded contracts to Voith Hydro to equip two pumped-storage hydropower projects in Montafon, Austria.

The total value of the orders is about US$47.6 million, Voith said, and includes parts for the Obervermuntwerk 2 and Rellswerk plants.

"We are delighted by the trust that Illwerke have once again placed in the expertise and experience of Voith," said Dr. Leopold Heninger, chairman of Voith's management board in St. Polten. "We the expansion of pumped-storage capabilities in Austria, we are together making an important contribution to the sustainability of our energy supply from regenerative sources."

Voith said it will supply, assemble and commission two 170 MW storage pumps and hydraulic torque converters at Obervermuntwerk 2. The plant will be constructed between the Silvretta and Vermunt reservoirs near Obervermuntwerk -- a conventional hydropower project that has been in operation since 1943.

"The new pumped-storage plant will make a decisive contribution to increasing the efficiency and capacity of the 'Upper Ill-Lunersee' group of plants," the company said. "It is therefore an important building block for successful implementation of the European energy transition."

Meanwhile, Voith will also supply a 13 MW, three-stage pump turbine for the Resslwerk projects that will be incorporated into an existing group of plants on Rells Creek.

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