West Power Amethyst Project

AIE Hydro led a contract to supply a 23-bucket, 6.5 MW vertical Pelton turbine and other equipment, including the runner hub and casing, injectors, main inlet valves, governor and associated pipework. AIE manufactured assembled and balanced the 6 nozzle vertical turbine in its North Island workshops. One of the contributing factors in the Consortium being awarded the contract was the combination of an expert design and the cost-effective quality manufacturing has a wide operation (from 3% to 100% of full load) and enables a higher RPM than a horizontally arranged unit resulting in a more economical generator and compact powerhouse. The turbine and its associated components have been design to offer improved efficiencies and ease of installation and removal, the machine is able to run both grid connected and islanded configuration.