GE to upgrade turbines at 500 MW Polish pumped hydro storage power project

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GE Renewable Energy has been awarded the contract to replace the four 125 MW pumped turbines and generators of the 500 MW Porabka Zar pumped hydro storage power project located in Poland, owned by PGE Odnawialna SA, a subsidiary of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

The new high-efficiency pumped turbines and motor generators are planned to extend the lifetime of the plant for several decades. GE Hydro Solutions will design, manufacture, and supply the new equipment in addition to the excitation and governing systems. This project is part of a broader program for the refurbishment of Porabka Zar in Poland. GE Hydro Solutions will also replace the facility’s stay rings and stay vanes with new ones, designed specifically for Porabka Zar.

The plan is expected to fund the infrastructure renewal by GE Renewable Energy, and the four new turbines should be launched in 2028, which is a significant step towards the development of reliable energy generation facilities in Poland and resolving power problems that have hampered the country for years to come.

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