Alstom signs contracts for Brazil small hydropower plants

Alstom has signed two contracts with Brookfield Renewable Power to supply key plant equipment to the Pezzi and Serra dos Cavalinhos II small hydro plants in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Alstom's scope of supply for each project includes two Kaplan "S" turbines, two generators, two speed controllers, two voltage regulators and the assembly and commissioning supervision of this equipment. Alstom's Kaplan "S" turbines are specifically developed to fit small hydro needs.

The 20-MW Pezzi small hydropower plant will be built on the Antas River, between the municipalities of Bom Jesus and Jaquirana. Commissioning should start in September 2012. The 29-MW Serra dos Cavalinhos II plant will be located in the municipalities of Sao Francisco de Paula and Monte Alegre dos Campos. Commissioning should begin in November 2012.

Equipment for the projects is being manufactured at Alstom's Taubaté plant, one of its largest hydro manufacturing plants.

In other news, a consortium formed by Alstom and Schrader Camargo, a Colombian assembly company, have signed a contract with Emgesa – a subsidiary of Endesa, and the first private operator in Colombia – for the supply and assembly of electromechanical equipment for the 400-MW El Quimbo hydropower plant.

The total value of the contract is approximately 115 million euros, of which Alstom's share is around 90 million euros (about US$118.2 million).

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