GE Hydro, a unit of GE Power Systems, has been awarded a US$3 million contract by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Generation Limited of the UK to refurbish three hydroelectric power stations in Scotland.Oslo, Norway – February 19, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The project is part of SSE’s progressive program to upgrade its hydro assets to extend their usable life and meet the government’s Renewable Energy targets. GE Hydro will upgrade the hydro turbines at the Shin Power Station near Lairg, Sutherland and the Quoich Power Station near Invergarry, Inverness-shire, both in the north of Scotland; and the Finlarig Power Station near Bridge of Balgie, Tayside, in the central region of the country. The work scope includes the supply of new runners for each station, as well as new guide vanes for the Shin and Quoich stations, and new spears and nozzles at the Finlarig station. The power stations are all rated below 20 MW. The upgrade will increase the plants’ efficiency as well as qualify them for Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC), part of a government program to encourage the building of new Renewable Energy plants in the UK. The program, established in April of 2002, requires electricity suppliers to ensure that a proportion of the electricity they sell comes from “green” sources. “The upgrades at these power stations are part of SSE’s US$397 million program to refurbish our hydro assets in the Highlands of Scotland. The refurbishments will not only extend the lives of the power stations but will contribute significantly to the government’s objective of increased Renewable Energy resources by 2010 and beyond,” said David Sigsworth, SSE’s generation director. Equipment for the project will be manufactured at GE Hydro’s Norway facility. The completion dates for the projects are June 2003 for the Quoich station, July 2003 for the Shin station, and November 2003 for the Finlarig station. Scottish and Southern Energy plc is one of the largest vertically integrated energy groups in Britain, serving some five million electricity and gas customers through Southern Electric, Scottish Hydro-Electric and South Wales Electricity Company. The group manages Britain’s largest electricity distribution networks.