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Voith and Landsvirkjun inaugurate hydropower plant in Iceland

Budarhals hydropower plant has the capacity to generate around 585 GWh annually.

For the Budarhals hydropower project, Voith supplied and installed two Kaplan turbines with modern environmentally friendly design and water-filled runner hubs, as well as generators with latest state-of-the-art technology using brushless thyristor controlled exciters developed by Voith.

Landsvirkjun, Icelands' national power company, made an agreement with Voith to supply all machinery and electrical equipment for the Budarhals hydropower plant in April 2010. The total scope of supply for Voith includes powerhouse cranes and station control systems, in addition to the main parts of the electromechanical equipment. 

“All of Voith’s work in this project has been diligently completed despite harsh winter weathers and ambitious time schedule," said Gudlaugur Thorarinsson, project manager at Landsvirkjun for Budarhals. "Landsvirkjun is very satisfied with the performance of Voith.”

The Budarhals hydropower project represents a successful continuation of the long business activity by Voith in Iceland. Voith carried out the first full turbine installation at the Fjardarsels power plant in 1912, which has a capacity of 550 kW. That hydropwer plant, which is driven by a horizontal Francis turbine, is the oldest power plant still in operation in Iceland, according to Voith.

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