Alstom has signed a contract worth approximately EUR500m ($684m) with Norte Energia of Brazil to provide power equipment for the Belo Monte Dam, the world’s third-largest hydroelectric power plant with a planned capacity of 11.23 GW.
The Belo Monte project will dam the Xingu river in Brazil’s northern Pará state.
Alstom will lead a consortium that includes German Voith and Austrian Andritz for fourteen 611 MW Francis turbine-generator sets and the six smaller Bulb units. Alstom will supply seven Francis units, hydro-mechanical equipment and associated gas insulated substations (GIS) for the fourteen large-scale units.
It is expected that Belo Monte will take eight years to be built. When operating at full capacity, Belo Monte will meet the electricity needs of 35m people.
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