Alstom Hydro delivers last of four turbine runners to Foz do Chapecpo hydropower project

Alstom has successfully delivered the last of four turbine runners produced for the 855-MW Foz do Chapeco hydro project on the Uruguai River in Brazil.

The piece, weighing 149.5 tons, was delivered in late February. The first runner was delivered in June last year, the second in September, and the third in November 2009.

Alstom signed a contract in March 2007 for the production, delivery and assembly supervision for the equipment of the four 213.75-MW generator units. The first unit is expected to enter operation in August this year and the last in February 2011.

In addition to the runners, Alstom is responsible for the supply of all hydromechanical and lifting equipment, four generator units (vertical synchronous generator and Francis turbine), elevator transformers, digital supervision and control system, as well as all auxiliary mechanical and electrical systems of the plant.

Recently, a joint venture between Alstom and Brazilian firm Bardella inaugurated a facility in Brazil’s Amazon that will produce equipment for regional hydropower projects.

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