properly, we can generate clean and afordable
electricity for British Columbians while helping the province and the country achieve their
climate change goals,” stated Michel Letellier,
chief executive ofcer of Innergex.
Expansion of Switzerland’s 480-MW
FMHL pumped storage plant complete
More than 200 guests were on hand in May as
Swiss utility Alpiq inaugurated the expanded
480-MW Forces Montrices Hongrin-Leman
pumped storage plant.
Te addition of two new 120-M W turbines
makes it the second-largest pumped storage
plant in Switzerland, Alpiq said — not only
contributing to the country’s power security,
but also its contributions to the European
Commission’s Energy Strategy 2050 gas
“Switzerland is fortunate to have a powerful hydroelectric infrastructure that enables
it to take up the challenge of efciently integrating intermittent energies into its energy
system,” said Benoit Revaz, director of the
Swiss Federal Ofce of Energy.
Te cost of the US$328.7 million plant was
split amongst four partners, with Romande
Energie, Alpiq, Groupe E and the city of
Lausanne assuming 41.14%, 32.29%, 13.14%
and 6.43% shares, respectively.
Te pair of new turbines increases its
capacity from 240 MW and are housed in
a cavern with remote operation provided by
Alpiq’s Centre d’Exploitation et de Gestion
de la Production in Lausanne.
SMEC selected for Snowy Mountains
pumped storage upgrade study
Australian consulting frm SMEC has been
selected to assist in performing feasibility
studies for a 2,000-MW expansion of the
Snowy Mountains pumped storage project.
Te “Snowy 2.0” proposal — announced by
Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull in
March — would increase the facility’s capacity
by about 50% and represents its frst expansion
since the plant was completed in 1974.
“Tis project has the potential to deliver
one of the largest pumped hydro schemes in
the world and underscores the importance
of the scheme’s existing role as the battery of
the national electricity market,” Snowy Hydro
Chief Executive Ofcer Paul Broad said.
Te company said its study will frst review
many existing expansion proposals in order
to best determine how to use the plant for
SMEC, formerly the Snowy Mountains
Engineering Company, traces its roots to the
original plant’s construction as it was founded
to provide engineering services for the Snowy
Mountain Hydro-Electric Authority. Te
contract will see SMEC reopen its Cooma
ofce, with more than 30 employees.
The announcement came days after
Turnbull furthered his commitment to the
Snowy Mountains project by allocating
federal funds to purchase the complex