Voith to modernize Welsh pumped storage plant Ffestiniog
- Contract value of around 40 Million Euros for the first two units
Refurbishment is a major commitment to infrastructure
development in Wales
Convincing technical solution from Voith
- Zur Großansicht
- Ffestiniog Power Station was the UK’s first major
pumped storage facility.
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- Powerhouse of the Ffestiniog Power Station.
Heidenheim, Germany: Technology group Voith has won a contract to
modernize part of Ffestiniog Power Station, part of the 2 GW “First Hydro”
pumped storage operation located in Snowdonia, North Wales. The order
covers manufacture, installation and commissioning of two units, with an
option for the refurbishment of two more units at a later date. The contract
has a value of around 40 million Euros. The operator is ENGIE, one of the
leading energy and services groups in the UK.
“The refurbishment of the Ffestiniog Power Station is a major commitment
to infrastructure development in Wales. We are delighted to announce this
investment in Ffestiniog and our partnership with Voith to deliver this
important project. The contract was awarded to Voith based on their
technically thorough and competitively priced solution”, says Wilfrid Petrie,
CEO of ENGIE UK and Ireland.
With this project, Voith offered a technical solution which allows a higher
flexibility of the units as well as the extension of the operating band of the
power plant. This will allow Ffestiniog to react more quickly to grid
requirements with an extended range of operation.
Design, planning and component production work is due to start
immediately, while work on site is expected to start at the end of 2018. The
refurbishment is set to be completed by early 2020. The announced
refurbishment of the first two units is a mid-life-refurbishment, and will
ensure the design life is extended for at least 20 years of further operation.
The power station was commissioned in 1963 and was the UK’s first major
pumped storage facility. Ffestiniog’s four generating units are capable of achieving a combined output of 360 MW – enough to supply the entire
electricity needs of North Wales for several hours.
Pumped-storage power plants are a significant asset with regard to the
planned expansion of renewable energy sources. Only these plants can
absorb electrical energy from fluctuating renewable sources such as wind
and solar power during feed-in peaks both cost-effectively and on a large
scale, and in turn feed power back into the grid in a matter of seconds if
necessary. With their capacities they therefore contribute to the security of
the power supply and the stability of the grid – a contribution that is
becoming all the more necessary as the proportion of volatile power from
wind and solar energy in the grid increases.
For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers,
business partners and employees worldwide. Founded in 1867, Voith
today has around 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in
more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest familyowned
companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets
standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and
transport & automotive.
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