Alstom announced July 4 it will build a hydro-mechanical equipment plant in Brazil’s Rondonia State to supply the 3,150-MW Santo Antonio hydroelectric project and others proposed for the Amazon Region.
Alstom Chairman Patrick Kron, who visited Brazil July 3-4, also announced Alstom Hydro is joining Brazil capital goods company Bardella to create a 50-50 joint venture, Industria Metalurgica e Mecanica da Amazonia (IMMA).
IMMA is to invest 35 million euros (US$54.8 million) to build the plant in Porto Velho to supply hydro-mechanical and lifting equipment for hydro projects in northwestern Brazil. Employing about 300 people, the plant is to begin operating by the end of 2009.
IMMA is to supply hydro-mechanical equipment for Santo Antonio, one of the large hydro projects planned for the Madeira River, a major tributary of the Amazon River.
Alstom and Bardella are members of the engineering-procurement-construction consortium, led by Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, that was chosen to build the 44-turbine project 119 kilometers from the Bolivian border. (HNN 12/10/07)
Alstom Hydro, a joint venture of Alstom of France and French conglomerate Bouygues, is to supply the project 19 bulb turbines designed for lower water head and reduced environmental effects.