Global engineering and consulting firm Tractebel has been awarded a contract by operator Empresa de Electricidad del Peru S.A. (Electroperu) to upgrade Peru's 1,008-MW Mantaro hydroelectric plant.
The project, located between the Huancavelica and Huncayo provinces in central Peru, has been the country's largest generating asset since its completion in 1973. The facility is comprised of the 798-MW Santiago Antunez de Mayolo and 210-MW Restitution plants and the 180-meter-tall Tablachaca Dam.
Now, Tractebel said, it will study the medium- to long-term viability of Montaro and its integration in to Peru's national grid system. The work will be performed by a multidisciplinary team of 25 from Tratcebel's Peruvian, Brazilian and French offices.
"This project is very important for the company, as it will allow us to further our objective of consolidating our position in this region and to increase our market share, as well as developing into one of the most iconic Peruvian projects in this sector," Tractebel general manager Walter Chavez said.
Further specifics on work to be performed at the plant were not divulged. However, HydroWorld.com reported in October that the United Nations Office for Project Services had renewed a call for bids to supply an improved thrust bearing system for turbine-generator groups at Santiago Antunez de Mayolo.
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