Andritz Hydro, part of international technology Group Andritz, was awarded a contract by state-owned utility Ukrhydroenergo for modernization of the Dnipro 1 hydropower station on the Dnieper River, Ukraine.

The project is part of a rehabilitation program financed by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The contract value for Andritz Hydro amounts to approx. 60 million euros. Completion of the project is scheduled for the end of 2021.

Andritz Hydro’s scope of supply includes the complete rehabilitation of three 75 MW Francis turbines and generators, including dismantling, supply of new equipment, installation, and testing. Except for the embedded parts, all major components will be replaced by new equipment. The modernization will increase the output from 64 to 75 MW and substantially enhance reliability and safety. A hydraulic model test will allow optimum performance of the new turbines to be defined and demonstrated within the geometric conditions of the existing powerhouse.

Ukrhydroenergo owns and operates nine hydropower stations with a total of 102 turbine generator sets and a capacity of 5,744 MW on the rivers Dnieper and Dniester. After completion of this rehabilitation program, the company’s contribution to the country’s electricity supply will be more than 15%. Dnipro 1 was the first hydropower plant on the Dnieper River and was built between 1927 and 1932.