Energy Economy

25 Oct 2020

Hydro-Québec to Invest in Carillon Generating Station Refurbishment

25 Oct 2020  by Power-Technology   

Canadian public utility company Hydro-Québec has announced an investment of C$750m ($570m) to refurbish its Carillon power generating station.

Carillon is a run-of-river power plant in Canada. Credit: Hydro-Québec (CNW Group/ANDRITZ Hydro Canada).

The investment will be used primarily for replacing six generating units.

It will also be used for civil engineering works such as making adjustments to water passageways, upgrading electrical equipment and replacing the station roof.

Built during the early 1960s, Carillon is a run-of-river power plant, which is equipped with 14 generating units that have a total installed capacity of 753MW.

The plant is said to be one of the important assets of Hydro-Québec’s hydroelectric generating fleet.

Located close to the greater Montréal region, it supplies electricity to the grid during the peak consumption periods.

Hydro-Québec production chief innovation officer and president David Murray said: “The Carillon generating station is a symbol of our hydroelectric development and plays a strategic role in our production fleet.

“However, most of the generating units’ main components date back to the station’s original construction from 1959 to 1962. Hydropower generating stations have long service lives. With this refurbishment, Carillon will be producing clean renewable energy for decades to come.”

Hydro-Québec has appointed turbine manufacturer Andritz to supply and install six turbine-generator units.

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