GE Renewable Energy has bagged a contract from Star Pumped Storage to deliver a 344MW Kokhav Hayarden hydro pumped storage station in Israel.
Touted to be the just second turnkey project for a hydro pumped storage plant in Israel, the facility will feed more reliable energy to national grid in less than two minutes.
Under the contract, GE Renewable Energy will be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply and installation of all electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment as well as complete balance of plant for the two 172MW pumped-storage units. The project will be completed by a consortium headed by Chinese EPC SinoHydro.
Additionally, GE Renewable Energy inked a 20-year operation and maintenance agreement, covering day-to-day operation and maintenance of the power plant.
Upon commissioning, the Kokhav Hayarden hydro pumped storage will add to the stabilisation of Israel’s electricity grid due to its scale of production and its flexibility, along with the neighbouring Gilboa plant, for which GE Renewable Energy is currently providing a similar turnkey package.
The project development is expected to be completed in 52 months, with commissioning is scheduled in 2021.
GE president and CEO of Hydro Solutions Yves Rannou said, "Hydro pumped storage enables the integration of new renewable and intermittent energies to the grid. In Israel, where solar energy is booming, hydro pumped storage plants are critical to securing the stability of the grid.
“We are committed to providing world class technology and supporting our customer in operating the plant at its optimal level through its first 20 years of operation."