GE Renewable Energy has secured a contract from PGE Odnawialna in Poland to replace four 125 MW pumped turbines and generators at Porabka Zar pumped hydro storage plant. GE Hydro Solutions will design, manufacture and supply equipment and provide the excitation and governing systems, as well as replace the 40-year-old turbines with new high-efficiency pumped turbines and motor generators. It will also replace the existing stay rings and stay vanes with new ones specially designed for Porabka Zar.
With an installed capacity of 500 MW, Porabka Zar is the second-largest pumped storage power plant in Poland and offers ancillary services to the country’s electricity system. GE also agreed to oversee the erection and commissioning process of the four new units. Their commercial operations will begin in 2028. The project is expected to extend the hydropower plant’s lifetime for many decades, supporting Poland in accelerating its energy transition.
In February 2023, GE Renewable Energy secured a contract from a German renewable energy firm wpd to supply onshore wind turbines for three wind farms in Germany. The company would deliver 16 turbines for the wind power facilities, with each turbine having 5.5 MW of capacity. The Bankewitz, Müssingen and Flinten wind farms are planned to be built at Landkreis Uelzen and would have a total installed capacity of 88 MW. Bankewitz and Müssingen are expected to be commissioned and operational by the end of 2023, while Flinten is due to come online in the first quarter of 2024.