Alstom to revamp more units of Venezuela’s 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar

Utility CVG Electrificacion del Caroni (Edelca) has awarded a 31 million euro (US$41.4 million) contract to Alstom Hydro for refurbishment of five generators of the 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project on Venezuela’s Caroni River.

The contract is the fourth awarded to Alstom by Edelca and is part of a complete modernization program to extend the project’s life by 30 years. In 2007, Alstom received an 80 million euro (US$107 million) contract for refurbishment of four turbine-generators. (HNN 3/2/07)

In the latest contract, Alstom is to refurbish five 630-MW generators in powerhouse 2, including rehabilitation of stators and rotors and the supply of auxiliaries. Alstom said the work would progressively increase plant availability to nearly 90 percent by 2012.

Simon Bolivar, the former Raul Leoni or Guri hydro project, has two powerhouses of 10 turbines each. It is one of four major hydro projects on the Caroni River, including the 2,320-MW Manuel Piar (Tocoma) hydroelectric project, which is under construction. (HNN 1/16/09) The others are 2,160-MW Francisco de Miranda (Caruachi) and 2,910-MW Antonio Jose de Sucre (Veinte y Tres de Enero or Macagua 1-3).

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