Valmet to retrofit the automation system at EDP’s hydropower plant in Portugal

Valmet Oyj’s trade press release on March 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Valmet will replace an aging third-party automation system to operate EDP’s Vilarinho das Furnas pumped-storage hydropower plant in Vilarinho das Furnas, Portugal.

The order is included in Valmet's orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The complete system will be handed over to the customer in September 2023.

Valmet will replace an aging third-party automation system to operate EDP’s hydropower plant in the Homem river in Vilarinho das Furnas, Portugal.

Pumped-storage hydroelectricity method stores energy as gravitational potential energy of water, pumped from a lower to a higher elevation reservoir. It allows energy from different sources to be saved for periods of higher demand. During periods of high electrical demand, the stored water is released through turbines to produce electric power.

“We are very proud to start collaborating with EDP, a key player in the Portuguese energy market. We hope that this first project is the beginning of a long-lasting and fruitful relationship. Valmet’s state-of-the-art hydro plant automation gives customers more accurate control, resulting in more stable and safer operation. Intelligent hydro plant automation can strongly contribute to cleaner and more efficient electricity production, which is in line with EDP’s strong environmental commitment,” says Amadeu Santos, Country Manager, Automation business line, Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery
Valmet’s delivery scope consists of a new Valmet DNA automation solution for distributed process control and monitoring, turbine governor, excitation system, synchronization and electrical protection for generator and step up transformers. These will be installed in EDP’s Vilarinho das Furnas hydropower plant.

About the customer EDP and the Vilarinho das Furnas hydropower plant
The Portuguese EDP Group is a multinational, vertically integrated utility company providing electricity and gas to more than 9 million customers. Its Vilarinho das Furnas hydropower plant started operating between 1972 and 1987. The total annual energy production output of the company is approximately 194 GWh.

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For further information, please contact:
Amadeu Santos, Country Manager, Portugal, Automation, Valmet, tel. +351 9 61 72 48 50

Read more: Valmet's total concept for hydropower plants

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