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Generator replacement planned for Snowy Hydro’s highest scheme

Australian power generator Snowy Hydro, working with Andritz Hydro, is to commence detailed design work for the replacement of the generator in unit one at the Guthega Power Station – the first generator to be replaced across the Snowy Scheme.

Australian power generator Snowy Hydro, working with Andritz Hydro, is to commence detailed design work for the replacement of the generator in unit one at the Guthega Power Station – the first generator to be replaced across the Snowy Scheme.

The new generator will have a higher design rating (40MW) than the existing unit to match the previously upgraded turbine. Every generator across the scheme can be used independently and therefore each unit wears differently and is replaced based on its condition rather than age.

After undertaking a competitive tender process Snowy Hydro appointed Andritz Hydro to undertake the design, fabrication, install and commissioning of the generator. Work is expected to take around 12 months.

The Guthega Power Station houses two 30MW hydro-electric generating units and was the first power station built, with construction starting in 1951. It’s located on the Snowy River, 12km from the summit of Mount Kosciuszko and, sitting at 1330m asl, it is the highest power station in the Snowy Scheme.