Alstom wins $30MM rehabilitation contract for 1,250 MW Castaic hydropower plant

Source: Alstom 

Alstom’s patented hooped pelton hydro turbine Alstom has been awarded a hydro rehabilitation contract worth approximately USD$30 million by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), further strengthening the company’s leadership in the rehabilitation of the hydropower installed base. Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will design, install and commission a new Alstom-patented Hooped Pelton runner, which is an impulse turbine with buckets supported by two separate hoops, a new generator and new governor, as well as provide an exciter and controls for unit 7 of the Castaic hydropower plant located in the state of California. Commissioning is expected in 2014.

Located in Castaic, approximately 35 miles north of Los Angeles, the approximately 1,250 MW hydropower plant is owned and operated by LADWP. Six of the seven units in the plant are pumped-storage units, while unit 7 is a conventional 55 MW Pelton unit. LADWP is the U.S.’ largest municipal utility and has been providing reliable water and electric service to the city of Los Angeles for over 100 years. Alstom has already supplied LADWP with heat recovery steam generators, steam turbines and conventional steam boilers, and continues to provide the utility with aftermarket steam turbine, generator and boiler service in the form of parts supply and field service assistance.

Commenting on the contract, Jérôme Pécresse, President of Alstom Renewable Power said, “We are pleased to provide LADWP a new, Alstom-patented Hooped Pelton runner. This order illustrates Alstom’s capability to meet its customer’s expectations with innovative and efficient rehabilitation programs that keep operators’ plants up and running at peak performances. This contract further reinforces our long standing commitment to the US hydro market and paves the way for future rehabilitations.”

Alstom Hydro Projects in California 

Alstom’s Francis hydro turbine Last March, the Bureau of Reclamation awarded Alstom a contract worth over USD$10 million to replace and overhaul units 1 and 2 at the Trinity Power plant in Northern California. The scope of the contract provides for the design, fabrication and testing of a model turbine and of two identical 70 MW vertical Francis runners. The new and improved turbine runner design, for a very wide head range from 222 ft. (67.6 m) to 485 ft. (148 m), will ensure the facility’s ability to produce clean, cost-effective hydroelectricity. Also included in the scope of work are the supply and refurbishment of several hydro mechanical components and appurtenant equipment, a machine tool for site machining, as well as on-site services. Commissioning is expected in early 2015. The Trinity plant, which is part of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project, has the capacity to generate up to 140 MW, enough to supply electricity to 1,000 homes in the region.

Both contracts have been booked during Fiscal year 2011-2012.

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