April 18 (Renewables Now) - Voith Hydro Inc, a unit of Germany’s Voith Group, announced on Wednesday it has been awarded a contract to supply electrical and mechanical power plant components for the Snowy 2.0 pumped storage power station in Australia.
Voith Hydro signed the contract with the Future Generation joint venture (JV), formed by Italian construction company Salini Impregilo SpA and Australia’s Clough Ltd. The JV partners will be in charge of the civil works for the Snowy 2.0 project, Clough announced in January.
The order calls for Voith to supply six reversible pump turbines, each with a rated output of 333 MW, six motor generators, auxiliary systems and the complete power plant automation. With six pump turbines, Snowy 2.0 will have a capacity of 2,000 MW enabling 175 hours of continuous storage, grid stabilisation and further integration of power generated by renewables.
Snowy 2.0 will connect the two existing Snowy Scheme dams, Tantagara and Talbingo, through an underground tunnel system and an underground power station which will house the pump turbines. The project, operated by Snowy Hydro Ltd, is expected to be finalised in 2024.