Hydroelectric, Renewables, Retrofits & Upgrades

Voith receives contract to upgrade turbines at Washington hydro facility

Voith Hydro received a contract to rehabilitate and upgrade turbines at Washington Public Utility District’s (PUD) Priest Rapids Dam along the Columbia River.

The 10-unit powerhouse, located in Grant County, will be upgraded with vertical Kaplan turbines. Work will span 10 years starting in 2016, with one 100-MW turbine upgraded annually.

“With these improvements, Priest Rapids will continue to serve Grant County PUD customers for many decades to come and continue the Pacific Northwest’s leadership in generating the abundant, clean, and low-cost hydropower that provides energy to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the region,” said Kevin Frank, president and CEO of Voith Hydro York.

Previously, Voith upgraded components of a nearby hydropower plant on the Columbia River, the 10-unit Wanapum Dam.