Engie has signed a contract with Voith Hydro to refurbish the 360MW Ffestiniog hydropower station in North Wales.

The £50m revamp will enable the power station, part of the 2 GW First Hydro pumped storage plant in Snowdonia, to play an increasing role in providing flexible power to manage intermittent supplies from wind and solar plants.
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The French utility will focus on the refurbishment of Units 1 and 2, with an option for upgrade Units 3 and 4 at a later date.

Work on the site is expected to start at the end of 2018 while refurbishment is due to be completed by early 2020.

Welsh Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths said: “This is welcome news for Ffestiniog and shows ENGIE’s commitment to the region. The investment will provide long term job security for local people as well as a strong commitment to low carbon energy generation in Wales.”

ENGIE owns 75 per cent of the First Hydro Company, which comprises of Ffestiniog Power Station and Dinorwig Power Station.