Alstom to equip seven small Brazil projects

Alstom of France has received contracts worth 150 million reais (US$70.5 million) to supply generating equipment to seven small hydropower projects in Brazil totaling 185 MW.

Confirming a report in Brazil’s Gazeta Mercantil, an Alstom spokesman also told Business News Americas another 50 million reais (US$23.5 million) in contracts are ready to be signed by the end of the year.

The projects are: 30-MW Santa Fe 1, 19-MW Bonafante, and 25-MW Monte Serrat, all in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro states; 27-MW Sao Simao and 27-MW Sao Pedro (HNN 3/6/06), both in Espirito Santo State; 28-MW Jararaca; and 26-MW Da Ilha.

In February, electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) approved the acquisition of several of the projects by PCH Participacoes S/A of Brazil. (HNN 3/3/06)

Alstom said it is to supply 15 turbines and generators and might consider contracts to operate the projects once they are complete in 2008.

All are qualified under the national incentive program for alternative power producers, Programa de Incentivo as Fontes Alternativas de Energia Eletrica (Proinfa). Proinfa includes 63 small hydro projects with combined capacity of 1,191 MW. Project sponsors have access to subsidized financing from Brazil’s national development bank BNDES and will sell power to national utility Eletrobras for 20 years.

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