In march, Alstom has started its equipment’s commercial operations for Manduriacu hydro plant, located in Ecuador, and participated at the official launch of the plant in the country. The event, which happened on March 19th, had the presence of the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, besides other local authorities, as the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Esteban Albornoz.
After the two generator units’ takeover, included on Alstom’s scope, the company started an assisted operation at the plant that shall be concluded until September of this year, following and supporting CELEC’s operation. The hydro plant already started the energy distribution to the customers.
“Manduriacu’s plant will promote changes to the energy matrix of all Latin America. The beginning of our operations on this project, once again, proves our commitment in generate electric energy with excellence and quality to the world’s population and Alstom’s contribution to the development of the countries”, says Januário Dolores, General Director of Alstom’s Hydro Business in Latin America.
Alstom is part of a consortium which supplies equipment to the Manduriacu’s project, in which its share is approximately €25 million. The scope includes two Kaplan turbines of 30MW each, with a total of 60MW of generation, beyond the delivery of hydromechanical equipment, substation and balance of plant. The manufacturing was done at Alstom’s unit in Taubaté, in São Paulo (Brazil), and passed through a quantity of operational tests at the factory.
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Alstom is global leader in solutions and services for hydropower, with over 25% of global hydropower capacity installed. Leveraging its experience of 100 years and a global network, Alstom offers unique solutions based on proven state of the art technology and specific research of the project and its development. Alstom experience covers all hydropower plants from small to large, single equipment to complete turnkey solutions for new projects and renovations. Alstom also offers customers a complete range of services, including plant maintenance and operational support throughout the lifecycle of hydromechanical equipment. Alstom technology is fundamental to many hydropower plants including the five largest plants of hydro capacity in operation in the world, such as Three Gorges Dan (22.7 GW) in China, or La Grande (13.8 GW) in Canada, as well as key references, such as La Rance, a tidal barrage in France.
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 92,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of €20 billion and booked close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12.