Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation announced April 2 it is conducting engineering and model tests as part of a contract to supply three turbine-generators for the 768-MW Eastmain 1A hydroelectric plant in northern Quebec.
Societe d’Energie de la Baie James (SEBJ), a unit of Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec, awarded the C$140 million (US$138 million) contact in October 2007. The contract calls for Voith Siemens to design, build, and install three 260-MW Francis units.
Voith Siemens began the work in November 2007 and said it expects to complete commissioning of the final unit in 2011.
Eastmain 1A is part of the larger Eastmain 1A/Rupert Diversion project, which features a second powerhouse, 138-MW Sarcelle, and partial diversion of the Rupert River. SEBJ awarded a C$130 million (US$128 million) contract to Alstom Hydro in 2007 to supply three 46-MW bulb turbine-generators and other equipment for Sarcelle. (HNN 11/23/07)