Global manufacturer Alstom has begun transporting about 2,500 pieces of equipment from its facility in Taubate, Brazil, to the 2,400-MW Ituango hydroelectric plant in Colombia.
The components are all parts of the project's first four generator units, and include draft tubes, spiral cases, tools, specialty devices and other associated materials.
"The production of the equipment for Ituango is at full throttle," said Januario Dolores, General Director of Alstom Hydro Generation in Latin America. "We are proud to conclude, with success and excellence, another important milestone in hydro generation projects in the continent."
The shipment will be transported overland using 95 trucks under the supervision of utility Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM). Alstom said it expects the parts to arrive in Colombia later this month.
The company will deploy an additional 18 trucks carrying spiral casings and stator supports for the first four generating units in October, Alstom said, with start up scheduled for 2018.
HydroWorld.com reported that Alstom received a US$216.8 million contract from EPM to supply the parts in November 2012.
Ituango is located on the Cauca River in Antioquia. The plant will be Colombia's largest when it enters full operation.
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