MWH receives two contracts for work at hydro plants in Argentina


MWH Global has received contracts to work on modernization of the 1,890-MW Salto Grande hydro plant and to serve as detail designers for the Nestor Kirchner and Jorge Cepernic facilities in Argentina.

MWH will serve as a consultant for modernization of Salto Grande, on the border between Uruguay and Argentina. The study for the modernization of Salto Grande is being managed by the Inter-American Development Bank for the Comision Tecnico Mixta. The completed study will become the work path for the modernization of this second largest hydropower plant in Argentina. The Salto Grande plant contains 14 Kaplan units and provides 50% of the energy for Uruguay and 8% of the total power for Argentina, MWH says.

Grupo Eling SA., a South American infrastructure development leader, is developing the Nestor Kirchner and Jorge Cepernic projects in a joint venture with CGGC of China. These dams will be located on the Santa Cruz River in Santa Cruz province, about 80 km apart. Nestor Kirchner will be a 75-meter-high concrete-faced rockfill dam impounding water for a powerhouse with a capacity of 1,140 MW. Jorge Cepernic will be a 43-meter-high dam, with a 600-MW powerhouse. MWH will provide detailed design services by using building information modeling technology to produce intelligent parametric designs, according to a press release.

Once completed, Nestor Kirchner and Jorge Cepernic will increase power to the region by 58%.

MWH Global is a solutions provider focused on water and natural resources for built infrastructure and the environment.

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