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Alstom-led consortium wins EUR310m Brazilian hydropower contract

Alstom (Paris: ALO.PA), in consortium with Brazil’s engineering companies CESBE and Areva Koblitz, has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract to provide power equipment for the new 373.4MW Santo Antonio do Jari hydropower plant, which will be built on the river Jari in the Amazonian region and is due for commissioning in late-2014.

Alstom’s share of the EUR310m contract is around EUR100m and relates to the supply of Kaplan turbines and generators, hydromechanical equipment, lifting equipment, digital control system, engineering works, erection, supervision and commissioning, for the three units of the plant.

Santo Antonio do Jari is a run-of-river hydropower plant subject to large variations in water flow due to seasonality and high rainfall. Its Kaplan turbines will be specifically designed by Alstom to meet these challenging operating conditions.

Marcos Costa, Vice-President Alstom Power Latin America, said: “This contract is a strong endorsement of Alstom’s market-leading hydro power technology and project execution capabilities because it requires extremely robust turbines with a large operating range in order to cope with the high river flow variations of the river Jari.”

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