GE Vernova ’s Hydropower business has announced that it has been selected by Manitoba Hydro to replace the Kaplan runner at Unit 4 of the 479 MW Grand Rapids Generating Station located on Saskatchewan River in Manitoba, Canada.
The scope of work includes the design, fabrication, and delivery of the runner, over 6m in diameter. This will be assembled and tested at GE Vernova’s Hydropower North America shops.
GE said that this project will help improve the performance and efficiency of the plant, which has been operating for almost 60 years. GE delivered new runners for Units 1, 2, and 3 twenty years ago.
Romain Pellegrino, Hydropower North America Leader with GE Vernova, said: “Canada has been a pioneer in hydropower development for about 140 years; the installed base today is significant, and ageing, which creates huge opportunities to service the fleet, to help extend the project’s life, increase efficiency, and help deliver even more clean energy to the grid.”
Grand Rapids is a reservoir-based hydropower plant, which entered operations in 1965. The plant is comprised of 4 Kaplan units.