GE Renewable Energy has secured a turnkey contract with Star Pumped Storage for the 344MW Kokhav Hayarden pumped storage hydro plant in Israel.

Under the terms of the deal, GE is responsible for the design, manufacture, supply and installation of all electro- and hydro-mechanical equipment, as well as complete balance of plant for the two 172MW pumped-storage units.

The work is expected to take 52 months, GE said.

The company will also provide operations and maintenance at the plant for 20 years once it is operational in 2021.

The project will be developed by a consortium led by Chinese contractor SinoHydro.

GE Hydro Solutions president and chief executive Yves Rannou said: “In Israel, where solar energy is booming, hydro pumped storage plants are critical to securing the stability of the grid.”

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