Alstom, in consortium with Portuguese engineering company Ensulmeci, has been awarded a contract by Portuguese utillity EDP (Energias de Portugal) to supply and install a power generation unit at the Salamonde dam.
Under the terms and conditions of the contract, worth over EUR55m ($79m) in total, Alstom will supply and install the entire unit, consisting of one 207 MW Francis reversible pump turbine, a 244 MVA motor-generator, butterfly valve and other hydromechanical equipment, and mechanical and electrical balance of plant.
Salamonde’s existing units, for which Alstom supplied part of the hydromechanical equipment and carried out a retrofit of the generators during the 1980s, was installed in the 1950s and has an output of 2 x 21 MW. The commissioning of unit 3 in 2015 will bring total power output of the Salamonde dam up to 250 MW.
“This project demonstrates the strength of Alstom’s 50-year relationship with EDP, for whom we are also installing the Alqueva II hydro power plant in Portugal, the combined cycle power plants Soto 4 and Soto 5 in Spain, and a series of wind farms in France showcasing our 3 MW onshore wind turbine, the ECO 100,” said Portuguese country president Ângelo Ramalho.