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Alstom Hydro strengthens its leadership of Brazils
hydropower industry by equipping Jirau, second power plant of the
Madeira River projects

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The Jirau contract, which will be booked in the 4th quarter
of the fiscal year 2008/2009, follows an earlier contract won
by Alstom Hydro in 2008 to supply equipment to the 3,150 MW
Santo Antonio hydropower plant. Both projects form part of
Brazils infrastructure development scheme, the Madeira
River projects.

The contract was signed between Alstom Hydro, leader of an
equipment manufacturing consortium including Voith Siemens and
Andritz Va Tech, and Jirau project investor Energia
Sustentável do Brasil, made up by GDF SUEZ, leader of the
consortium with 50,1%, CHESF (20%), Eletrosul (20%) and Camargo
Correa (9,9%).

The Alstom-led consortium will design, manufacture and
supply a total of 28 x 75 MW Bulb type* generating units, out
of which Alstom Hydro is responsible for supplying 10 turbines
and 17 generators, as well as all of the 28 speed governors,
monitoring systems, bus bars and surge/neutral devices; this
represents around 48% of this contract. The contract scope also
includes supervision of erection and commissioning. Most of the
equipment will be produced in Brazil, notably the turbines and
generators manufactured at Alstom Hydros Taubaté**
factory.

This new contract further strengthens Alstom
Hydros presence and leadership in the Brazilian
hydropower market where it built hydropower plants for over 50
years said Philippe Joubert, Alstom Executive Vice
President and President, Power Systems. The Madeira
River projects count among Brazils most important
infrastructure development schemes and will play a key role in
the countrys economic development over the next decade.
Winning the trust of Energia Sustentável do Brasil for
this project confirms a worldwide acknowledgement of
Alstoms superior technology in hydropower.

 

* Bulb units are especially suitable for low head and
run-of-river hydropower schemes such as Jirau and Santo
Antônio.  These units are highly efficient as they
are fully submerged in the water and thus able to handle
significant variations in water discharge, as is the case for
the Amazon region. Hundreds of Bulb units manufactured by
Alstom Hydro are operating worldwide. Some examples are: Canoas
I e II in São Paulo, Igarapava, in Minas Gerais, Rock
Island in the USA, Chautagne/Belley in France, Qiao Gong, Tong
wan in China. Other major Alstom Hydro references in Brazil
include the Itaipu, Tucuruí, Porto Primavera, Estreito and
Foz do Chapecó plants.

**The Taubaté factory has a total covered area of
81,000 square metres and, together with the factory in Tianjin,
China, represents one of Alstom Hydro's largest global hydro
industrial hubs. It manufactures the company's entire product
range, including turbines of all sizes, generators for all
applications, and other hydro-mechanical equipment. The
manufacturing activity counts 780 employees, with a total
yearly capacity of about 1,250,000 hours. Taubatés
products are used  for export projects, e.g. the Three
Gorges in China, Merowe in Sudan and Sunbasiri in India, as
well as serving the local hydro markets of Brazil and Latin
America.

Press contacts
Philippe Kasse, Stéphane Farhi (Corporate) - Tel +33 1 41
49 29 82 /33 08  

press@chq.alstom.com                                      

 

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