ANDRITZ to supply electromechanical equipment for the Nam Theun 1 hydropower project in Lao

andritz hydroGraz/Vienna, October 7, 2016.  ANDRITZ HYDRO, part of international technology Group Andritz, has received an order from the Phonesack Group Limited to supply electromechanical equipment for the Nam Theun 1 hydropower project in the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao.

The scope of supply comprises design, manufacturing and the supply of the complete electromechanical equipment, including three vertical Francis turbines with a total output of around 670 megawatts, model test, generators, governors, automation system, main transformer, medium- and low-voltage switchgears, power and control cables, fire protection system, 500kV GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear), the main inlet valve, mechanical auxiliaries, installation supervision and commissioning.

Nam Theun 1 is a hydropower storage scheme using the water from the Nam Kading River. It is a major project of the Lao and Thai Power development plan and will strongly contribute to the grid stability in both countries. Electricity will be supplied to Lao and Thailand by dedicated transmission lines. Commercial operation is scheduled to start by the end of 2020.

After having successfully supplied hydropower equipment for Huay Ho, Nam Theun 2, Theun Hinboun and Nam Lik during the last years, the order for Nam Theun 1 once again confirms ANDRITZ HYDRO’s strong market position in Lao.


ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,700 employees worldwide. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.


ANDRITZ HYDRO is one of the leading global suppliers of electromechanical equipment for hydropower plants. With over 170 years of accumulated experience and more than 30,000 turbines installed, totaling approximately 420,000 megawatts output, the business area supplies the complete product range, including turbines, generators, and additional equipment of all types and sizes – “from water to wire” for small hydro applications up to large hydropower plants with outputs of more than 800 megawatts per turbine unit. ANDRITZ HYDRO is also well positioned in the growing modernization, refurbishment, and upgrade market for existing hydropower plants. Pumps (for water transport, irrigation of agricultural land, and applications in various industries) and turbogenerators for thermal power plants are also allocated to the business area.