GE Renewable Energy announced it has received a turnkey contract from Star Pumped Storage Ltd. for the 344-MW Kokhav Hayarden pumped storage station in Israel.
GE Renewable Energy will design, manufacture, supply and install all electromechanical and hydromechanical equipment, as well as complete balance of plant for the two 172-MW pumped-storage units, according to a press release. The company also signed a 20-year operation and maintenance agreement for the plant.
The project will be executed by a consortium led by SinoHydro in China.
The Kokhav Hayarden project will contribute to the stabilization of Israel’s electricity grid, GE says.
“Hydro pumped storage enables the integration of new renewable and intermittent energies to the grid,” said Yves Rannou, president and chief executive officer of GE’s Hydro Solutions. “In Israel, where solar energy is booming, hydro pumped storage plants are critical to securing the stability of the grid.”
Development of the Kokhav Hayarden project is expected to last 52 months, with commissioning scheduled for 2021.
HydroWorld reported on the possibility of this facility as far back as 2006, when it was being considered for development by Tahal Group and Triple R Energy and had an anticipated capacity of 800 MW.
In other recent news in Israel, in April a government delegation from Australia visited Tel Aviv-based Eco Wave Power’s tidal energy project in Jaffa Port.