Alstom’s Kaplan “S” turbines supporting the push for more small hydro
Alstom has signed two contracts with Brookfield Renewable Power (BRP to supply key plant equipment to the Pezzi and Serra dos Cavalinhos II small hydro plants (SHP) in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. These contracts, with a combined value of around around R$36 million (16 million euros), are part of BRP’s plans to install between 100 to 150 MW of SHPs per year over the next five years.
Alstom’s scope of supply for each project includes two Kaplan “S” turbines, two generators, two speed controllers, two voltage regulators, and the assembly and commissioning supervision of this equipment. Alstom’s Kaplan “S” turbines are specifically developed to fit SHP needs. They provide a solution that combines cost effectiveness with efficiency, flexibility, reliability and high annual production.
The 20 MW Pezzi SHP will be built on the Antas River, between the municipalities of Bom Jesus and Jaquirana. Commissioning should start in September 2012. The 29 MW Serra dos Cavalinhos II SHP will be located in the municipalities of São Francisco de Paula and Monte Alegre dos Campos and commissioning should begin in November 2012.
Equipment for the projects is being manufactured at Alstom’s Taubaté plant, one of its largest Hydro manufacturing plants in the world. Taubaté produces a wide range of products, such as turbines of all sizes, generators for several applications, hydromechanical equipment and small hydroelectric plants.
“Most equipment in the hydro plants owned by Brookfield Renewable Power has been supplied by Alstom. We’re determined to maintain our position as the main supplier to the company over coming years, helping to expand the installed capacity in Brazil, which should grow at least 5% a year”, said Marcos Costa, Head of Power Alstom Brazil and Latin America.
Alstom is actively involved in Brazil’s SHP market. Among recent achievements, it successfully implemented in Rio de Janeiro, a Generation Operation Centre, which is responsible for the remote operation and maintenance of 16 small hydro plants distributed in 4 states (Goiás, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro, including a substation).
About Alstom Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 95,000 people in more than 70 countries, and had sales of over €23 billion* in 2009/10. Alstom has been present in Brazil for 55 years and has 5,000 direct employees working in seven units in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul and Rondônia. In 2011 the company will open its 8th unit in the country, in the state of Bahia.
*Pro forma figures
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