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French firm to supply tech for 220MW hydropower plant in Brazil

Alstom in €100m deal to provide equipment for Cachoeira Caldeirão hydropower plant on BRIC country's Araguari river

The hydropower plant is part of PAC 2 – a Brazilian programme for growth acceleration, which will improve the country’s power generation capacity

French firm Alstom Renewable Power has been selected by Energias do Brazil to supply all electromechanical equipment to Cachoeira Caldeirão, a 220MW hydro plant in the BRIC country. Energias do Brazil is a subsidiary of the Portuguese EDP Group, one of the largest operators in the European electricity sector.

Benefiting from a reservoir of around 50km², it will be installed on the Araguari river, in Amapá State, in the northern region of Brazil. The plant should be fully operational in 2017. As part of the contract, Alstom Grid, one of the leaders in the Brazilian electricity transmission market, will also supply equipment for the plant's internal substation. Alstom's share of the contract is worth approximately EUR 100m, booked in fiscal year 2012/13.

The new hydropower plant is part of PAC 2 – a Brazilian programme for growth acceleration, which will improve the country's power generation capacity.

Alstom will supply three bulb generation units, gates, balance of plant, hydromechanical and erection equipment. This will be produced in Brazil, where the group has one of its largest industrial units to serve the Brazilian hydro market, as well as to export equipment abroad.

The hydromechanical and erection equipment will be produced in partnership with Bardella. The Cachoeira Caldeirão hydropower plant will be connected to the national grid through the Ferreira Gomes substation, with a 10km long 230kV transmission line.

Marcos Costa, Country President of Alstom Brazil, said: "Alstom maximises value for customers by providing complete and optimised power solutions. Alstom's solutions increase the return on investment by generating more power as well as increasing the efficiency of the installation process and improving the flexibility of operations."