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Voith wins contract to refurbish hydropower generators in Canada

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Voith will be modernizing three hydropower generators at the Kettle Generating Station in Manitoba, Canada.

The project, the cost of which was not released, calls for Voith to replace stator frames, new cores and windings, as well as pole re-insulation and installation of new coolers, according to a news release from the company. Once completed, the refurbished units will be rated at 120 MVA.

Voith, which is based in Germany, is the parent of Voith Hydro, which has a facility in West Manchester Township, York County. It was not clear what role, if any, the plant will play in the project.

“Please understand that we do not comment on our sourcing strategy and therefore cannot provide any further details on this topic,” Lukas Nemela, Voith spokesman based in Heidenheim, Germany, said in an email.

The Kettle Generating Station is owned by Manitoba Hydro and, with 12 units and an installed capacity of 1,220 MW, is the second-largest hydropower plant in Manitoba. The facility was commissioned in the early 1970s and, after many years of service, will undergo gradual rehabilitation to continue production of renewable energy for further decades, according to the news release.

Canada is one of the largest producers of hydropower, according to Voith. The installed capacity of hydropower amounts to 73 GW and its share of the country’s total electricity supply is almost 65 percent. In 2012, hydropower represented 2.8 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, according to the Institute for Energy Research.

Canada is also one of the most mature hydropower markets in the world, according to Voith. It has about 1,500 units with an average age of 60 years, meaning there are many opportunities to update equipment, the company said.

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