Alstom won a contract worth about $132.4 million by the Norwegian company Statkraft AS to supply 6 Francis turbine-generator units and auxiliaries to its unit in Albania, Devoll Hydropower Sh.A.
Statkraft is a project company in charge of the construction of two new hydropower plants on the Devoll river, in southern Albania.
The scope of the contract, which has been booked in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2013/2014, also includes two high voltage substations of 220 kV and 110 kV in addition to hydraulic steelworks such as gates, penstock, stop logs and trashracks. The equipment will be mainly manufactured in Alstom’s factories in Spain and Turkey.
Albania relies on hydropower for about 90 percent of its electricity production. The Devoll hydropower project is a large-scale public-private partnership investment and one of the largest hydropower investments in the Balkans.
With a total capacity of 243 MW, the Devoll river project will generate about 700 GWh of renewable energy each year and increase the current electricity production in Albania by about 17 percent. It will supply more than 300,000 Albanian households.