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Alstom to supply power tech totalling 417MW for Brazil’s Santo Antonio hydro plant

€80m contract will see Alstom deliver additional equipment to Brazilian hydro plant which adds to supply contracts signed in 2008

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Alstom will supply equipment including bulb turbines and generators to the Santo Antonio hydro plant

Leading French power firm Alstom has signed a contract to supply 417MW of equipment to the Santo Antonio hydro plant in Brazil. The EUR 80m contract will see Alstom deliver equipment to the Brazilian hydro plant, which will improve the plant’s power production by 417MW, achieving 3,568MW for the entire project.

The agreement follows contracts signed with Alstom to deliver equipment to the Santo Antonio hydro plant back in 2008. In addition to previous deliveries made to plant, Alstom will supply two bulb turbines, four generators, two speed governors, two excitation systems and six bus bars. IMMA, a joint venture of Alstom and Brazilian firm Bardella, will also be responsible for 100 per cent of the hydromechanical and lifting equipment.

Alstom said bulb units provide the most efficient solution when faced with heads of up to 30m. With more than 300 Bulbs installed worldwide, Alstom said it has outstanding knowledge and experience in design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and management of complex Bulb projects, whatever the environmental conditions.

Alstom said: “With more than 100 years of experience in this market, Alstom hydro turbines and generators installed worldwide represent more than 25 per cent of the total hydro power capacity today. Alstom has been present in Brazil for almost 60 years and is responsible for almost 30 per cent of the power generation market in the country.”

Located in Madeira River, in the North of Brazil, Santo Antonio is considered one of the largest hydro plants in the BRIC country and will generate enough energy for 44 million people when in full operation.

Alstom signed its first contract for the Santo Antonio hydro plant in 2008 with a scope of 19 turbines and 22 generators, as well as the IMMA scope of 100 per cent of the hydromechanical and lifting equipment. 40 per cent of this first scope is concluded and successfully operating today.

The new equipment for the Santo Antonio plant will be produced at the Taubaté unit which is one of the biggest Alstom hydro factories. This new part of the project will be concluded in December 2016.