Andritz to supply eight turbine-generators to Brazil’s 3,300-MW Jirau

Andritz Hydro announced it received an order to supply eight bulb-type turbine-generators for the 3,300-MW Jirau hydroelectric project on the Madeira River in Brazil’s Rondonia State.

Andritz Hydro is part of a consortium led by Alstom Hydro and also including Voith Hydro that won a 300 million euro (US$421.8 million) contract from development consortium Consorcio Energia Sustentavel do Brasil (ESBR) to supply 28 turbine-generators and other equipment for Jirau. (HydroWorld 2/20/09) Dongfang Electric Corp. International and Dongfang Electric Machinery of China are to supply another 18 turbine-generators.

Andritz said said May 25, 2009, that its order, valued at 170 million euros (US$238 million), calls for delivery of eight 76.55-MW bulb-type turbines, which it called the most powerful bulb-type turbines worldwide. The contract also includes generators and 28 voltage regulators for the generators.

Start-up of the first unit is scheduled for mid-2012.

Brazil’s national development bank, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES), approved 7.2 billion reais (US$3 billion) in financing for construction of Jirau. The ESBR consortium includes Suez Energy South America Participacoes Ltda.; Eletrosul Centrais Eletricas S/A; Companhia Hidro Eletrica do Sao Francisco (CHESF); and Camargo Correa Investimentos em Infra-Estrutura S/A.

Construction was suspended May 20 at Jirau due to expiration of a license that had permitted preliminary construction work. A spokesman for the federal environmental agency, Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente (Ibama), said issuance of a definitive installation license for Jirau depends on documents that have not been delivered yet by ESBR. (HydroWorld 5/30/09)

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