Alstom to provide equipment to Belo Monte hydro project in Brazil

Alstom has signed a contract worth approximately EUR500 million (US682.3 million) with Norte Energia of Brazil to provide power equipment for the Belo Monte hydropower project.

The hydro project (around 11,200 MW) will be built on the Xingu River in the state of Para.

Alstom will lead a consortium that includes German Voith and Austrian Andritz for fourteen 611-MW Francis turbine-generator sets and the six smaller Bulb units. Alstom will supply seven Francis units, hydro-mechanical equipment and associated Gas Insulated Substations (GIS) for the fourteen large-scale units.

Recently, Brazil’s environment agency, Ibama, approved the start of initial construction work for the Belo Monte hydropower project.

The Belo Monte hydropower project is expected to begin producing electricity in 2015. Some estimates suggest the project will cost around 20 billion reais (US$11.2 billion).

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