Voith Modernises Hydropower Plant in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka s largest energy provider, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), has selected Voith as supplier for the modernisation of the Polpitiya hydropower plant.

Voith Modernises Hydropower Plant in Sri Lanka

The Polpitiya power house (Source: Voith Hydro GmbH & Co KG)

Until mid-2017, Voith will supply electro-mechanical equipment for Polpitiya s two 37.5 megawatt generating units and the accompanying spherical valves, overhaul the spiral cases and draft tubes, as well as take over the erection and commissioning of the plant. Voith Financial Services has structured the financing of the project.

Reliable electricity production

This modernisation will significantly increase Polpitiya s performance. In 1969, the plant was connected to the grid for the very first time and in the future will continue to increase the reliability of electricity production in Sri Lanka, thanks to the rehabilitation. Sri Lanka s economy is growing steadily and the country s electricity demands are increasing accordingly – by about six to eight percent every year.

CEB is the top energy provider in the country with a power plant fleet of about 3.4 gigawatts of total installed capacity. Voith had modernised the Old Laxapana power plant for CEB as early as 2010.

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