Norte Energia awards supply contracts for Brazil's 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydroelectric plant

Belo Monte Hydropower Project

Brazil's Norte Energia has awarded a pair of contracts for the supply of mechanical equipment to be provided for Brazil's massive 11,200-MW Belo Monte hydroelectric complex.

The first amends a previous contract signed by the ELM Consortium -- which includes Alstom, Andritz and Voith -- and covers the supply of a new turbine and two generators for the project. Delivery of the components is scheduled for 2018.

The second contract, valued at about US$15 million, was awarded to an Alstom-led consortium with Bardella and includes the supply of 18 provisional stop logs for Belo Monte's draft tube.

The $26 billion dollar hydropower facility will be located on the Xingu River and is to be the world's third-largest hydro plant when completed.

HydroWorld.com reported in April that power corporation Cemig Geracao e Transmissao SA had made a deal to acquire a 49% share in the plant from mining company Vale.

Belo Monte has a completion deadline of 2018, though developer Norte Energia filed a request for a construction extension this past June. A federal court rejected a request in July from from a public prosecutor to suspend work on the project because Norte Energia was accused of failing to consult properly with aboriginal groups potentially affected by Belo Monte.

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