Alstom has shipped the first stay ring to Brazil’s 373.4-MW Santo Antonio do Jari hydroelectric plant, marking an important milestone in the project’s development.
The 120-ton ring is one of the main components of the hydro turbine and ensures homogenous distribution of water into the turbine unit.
The ring departed Alstom’s factory in Taubate, Brazil, toward the end of January before being transported by road to the Port of Santos. The stay ring is now en route to the Port of Munguba via the Port of Balem, where it will arrive before finishing the last 60 km of its journey by road.
Alstom (FR: ALO) said the stay ring’s transport will take about 45 days. The company is also supplying Kaplan turbines, generators, hydromechanical and lifting equipment, a distributed control system and engineering works, along with erection, supervision and commissioning services.
HydroWorld.com reported in December 2012 that Brazil’s National Bank of Economic and Social Development, BNDES, had approved funding of up to US$354 million for the $422 million project.
The project also includes a recently announced 3.4 MW micro hydro expansion, which will be outfitted by Voith.
Santo Antonio do Jari is being constructed on the Jari River in Brazil’s Amazon region. Commissioning is expected for late 2014.
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