CVG Edelca has awarded a EUR 100M (US$12.9M) contract to modernise the Simon Bolivar hydro power station in Venezuela to a consortium comprising VA Tech Escher Wyss - a subsidiary of Andritz VA Tech Hydro - and Voith Siemens, Sao Paulo. The project will involve rehabilitation of five 770MW capacity Francis turbines.

Simon Bolivar power station in Guri, in the federal state of Bolivar, has a total output of 10,300MW. It is located on the Caroni river, a tributary in the Orinoco basin. Construction of the complex started in 1963; the second power house with 10 large Francis turbines was built between 1976 and 1986.