ANDRITZ to modernize three hydropower stations in Latin America

andritz hydroGraz, February 17, 2016.  ANDRITZ HYDRO, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, will equip three hydropower stations in Brazil and Nicaragua with new technologies and carry out extensive modernization work there. The aggregate order value amounts to approximately 70 million euros.

COPEL (Companhia Paranaense de Energia), Brazil, ordered modernization of the Governor Bento Munhoz da Rocha Netto hydropower plant (total output: 1,676 megawatts), located on the Iguaçu River. By 2022, ANDRITZ HYDRO will deliver four new Francis runners with increased efficiency and improved cavitation behavior, including new speed and voltage regulators.

ENEL (Empresa Nicaragüense de Electricidad), Nicaragua, ordered the modernization of the Carlos Fonseca and Centroamérica hydropower stations, located in the La Rauda valley. ANDRITZ HYDRO will supply the electrical equipment, including new switchgears, main transformers, medium- and low-voltage equipment, as well as protection, excitation, control, and automation systems. The scope of supply also includes repair and renovation work to the spherical valves, butterfly valves, and gates. The Carlos Fonseca and Centroamérica hydropower stations will be put again into commercial operation in 2017 and 2018, respectively.


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 almost 25,000 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 provides the complete range of products, including turbines, generators, and additional equipment of all types and sizes – “from water to wire” for small hydro applications 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 turbo-generators for thermal power plants are also allocated to the business area.