Alstom awarded three major Canadian hydro projects

Source: Alstom 

Hydro-Quebec’s Beauharnois Generating Station Alstom has been awarded three contracts at hydroelectric power sites operated by Canadian utilities Hydro-Québec and Manitoba Hydro totaling approximately €40 million (USD$50.3 million). For the first two projects, the company will supply new runners for units C-1 and C-3 at the Beauharnois Generating Station. The third project is for the Pointe du Bois Spillway Replacement Project. These three (3) contracts were booked during fiscal year 2011-2012.

Alstom’s North American Hydro headquarters and manufacturing facility in Sorel-Tracy, QC, will design, produce and deliver one new 47 MW Francis turbine runner for unit C-1 of Hydro-Québec’s Beauharnois Generating Station. Hydro-Québec has also exercised the option for five additional upgraded propeller runners including part refurbishment for unit C-3, which falls within the framework of an original contract the Quebec utility awarded Alstom in 2010. The individual retrofit projects will increase electricity output by replacing old runners with new, more efficient designs that produce more electricity. The scheduled delivery date for unit C-1 is November 2013 and the first runner for unit C-3 under the option taken up by Hydro-Québec is expected to be delivered in 2014.

The historic Beauharnois Generating Station, located in Melocheville, QC, approximately 40 km southwest of Montreal, QC. The station has been in operation since 1932 and is one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world with 38 generating units stretching for nearly a kilometer and an installed capacity of over 1,900 MW.

Alstom “Penstocks and Gates Security” Program
The Pointe du Bois Spillway Replacement Project for Manitoba Hydro is located next to the Pointe du Bois generating station on the Winnipeg River. Under the terms of this contract, Alstom is responsible for the design and supply of new gates and hoists for the new spillway facilities. Commissioning of the primary and secondary spillway is scheduled for November 2014 and April 2016, respectively.

As part of the company’s complete range of services for hydropower plant equipment, Alstom’s “Penstocks and Gates Security” program will ensure that the hydromechanical assets comply with all mechanical and electrical technical requirements. Customers increasingly seek solutions to ensure the full availability of hydromechanical assets while securing and extending plant lifetime. By providing key components such as gates, Alstom helps customers meet their specific operating and safety objectives.

“These new investments will ensure that hydro continues providing the country with clean, cost effective, and reliable electricity for years to come. Alstom has a long history with Hydro-Québec and
Manitoba Hydro and, thanks to our close working partnerships, a very strong understanding of their operational requirements,” said Claude Lambert, Vice President and Managing Director of Alstom’s North American Hydro business.

Alstom is one of Canada's leading hydropower equipment and service providers and has installed or retrofitted approximately 50% of the installed hydropower capacity in the province of Quebec. Other recent hydropower projects carried out by Alstom in the country include the supply of new runners and components for Centrale Robert-Bourassa, as well as new turbine generator units for the La Romaine 2 and Lower Mattagami hydropower projects (2 x 320 MW and 3 units for a total of 267 MW, respectively).

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