Alstom signs contracts for small hydro plants in Brazil

Paris, February 7, 2011 – Alstom has signed two contracts with Brookfield Renewable Power to supply key plant equipment to the Pezzi and Serra dos Cavalinhos II small hydro plants in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

These contracts 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 Sao 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 Taubate plant. Taubate produces a wide range of products, such as turbines of all sizes, generators for several applications, hydromechanical equipment and small hydroelectric plants.

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 (Goias, Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo and Rio de Janeiro, including a substation).

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