Voith has been awarded a prestigious automation contract for two Norwegian hydropower plants with Norway’s largest among them
- Sira-Kvina kraftselskap DA awarded main contract for upgrading control systems at Tonstad and Solhom to Voith Hydro AS
The two power plants meet the energy demand of roughly 230,000 households
Project completion is expected in 2022
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- Sira-Kvina kraftselskap DA CEO Gaute Tjørhom (right) and CEO of Voith Hydro AS Frode Moen (left) signing the contract.
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- Tonstad hydropower plant is Norway’s largest when it comes to average annual production.
Heidenheim/Oslo: Norwegian energy supplier Sira-Kvina kraftselskap DA awarded the main contract for the upgrade of the control systems at its Tonstad and Solhom hydroelectric power stations with an estimated total project volume of 320 million Norwegian Krones to Voith Hydro AS. Preparatory works began immediately after contract signing in June. With both upgrades Sira-Kvina kraftselskap DA invests in significant improvements to both personnel safety and operational reliability, and also secures the production of clean, renewable energy for another 40 years.
Sira-Kvina kraftselskap DA is owned by Lyse Produksjon AS, Statkraft Energi AS, Skagerak Kraft AS and Agder Energi Vannkraft AS. It has a total installed capacity of 1,760 MW and an average yearly production of 6,300 GWh from seven power plants. The awarded contract includes upgrading and modernizing of the control systems and the electrical auxiliary systems for its two hydropower plants Tonstad and Solhom, where old relay control systems will be upgraded to state-of-the-art Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)-based ones. In addition to the control systems for the power units there are also protection and control systems for complex medium- and extra high-voltage systems.
Voith has delivered many similar systems all over Norway and is currently also managing the electrical installations at Lyse’s new power station in Lysebotn.
The Tonstad power plant is Norway’s largest when it comes to average
annual production (3,800 GWh). It therefore plays an important role in
Norway’s energy supply and was integrated to the energy grid already in
1968. The incremental commissioning of the upgraded technology will take
place annually, starting in spring 2017 with auxiliary systems of Tonstad.
Afterwards the new control systems for all five units will be commissioned
from 2018 to 2022.
Works at the Solhom hydropower plant will run partly parallel when
auxiliary systems will be commissioned in 2019 and new control systems
for the units follow in 2020 and 2021. The Solhom power plant has an
average annual production of 695 GWh generated by two Francis turbines.
Together Tonstad and Solhom cover the energy demand of roughly
“This is a really exciting and demanding project. There are several
technical challenges and we always have to consider that the other units in
the power plant will be in full operation during the modernization. However,
thanks to our experience and close collaboration with the customer, our
highly dedicated team will be able to successfully complete the project
within the scheduled time period,” says Torgeir Myrvold, Project Manager
for Tonstad and Solhom.
Voith Hydro AS CEO Frode Moen complements: “We are very satisfied
being awarded this prestigious project by Sira-Kvina. It is among the
largest stand-alone automation contracts awarded within the Norwegian
Hydropower is the largest, oldest and also most reliable form of renewable
energy generation. Worldwide it makes an indispensable contribution to
stable power supplies and hence to economic and social development –
both in industrial countries and in emerging markets. At the same time,
hydropower significantly contributes to climate-protecting energy
generation. Voith has been a leading supplier of this technology since the
early beginning, and continuously develops it further.
Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw
materials, transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs around
20,000 people, generates €4.3 billion in sales, operates in over 60
countries around the world and is one of the largest family-owned
companies in Europe.*
*Without the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services
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