The third and final unit of Brazil's 220-MW Cachoeira Caldeirao hydropower plant is now in commercial operation, signaling the completion of the project, according to operator Energias do Brazil.
The bulb-type unit was manufactured by Alstom Renewable Power, per a US$130 million contract awarded in April 2013 that also saw the company supply gates, balance of plant services, and hydromechanical and erection equipment.
The project is located on the Araguari River in Brazil's northern Amapa state, and is connected to the country's national grid via the Ferreira Gomes substation.
Cachoeira Caldeiraois a joint venture split equally between the China Three Gorges Corp. and Energias do Brazil.
The plant is part of Brazil's PAC 2 program, which aims to increase the country's growth through improving its power generation capacity.
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