Alstom wins contracts for two Swiss hydropower project rehabillitations

Equipment manufacturer Alstom has been awarded contracts worth more than US$12.2 million to modernize two hydropower projects in Switzerland’s Canton Glarus and Canton Valais.

The first contract, offered by Axpo Power AG, will see Alstom (LSE: ALO) upgrade the exciters and discharges of Units 1 and 2 at the Lontsch hydroelectric plant. The company said it will convert the facility’s excitation system for brushless regulators, replace voltage transformers and install fully-insulated shockproof busbars for the discharges. The contract provides for sequential processing of the two 37.5 MWA generator units, with the first being completed in Summer 2015 and the second in 2016.

The Lontsch plant, located in Canton Glarus in central Switzerland, uses water from Lake Klontal. The project is one of the oldest operated by Axpo Power.

Alstom‘s second contract, offered by Grande Dixence Ltd. and Hydro Exploitation Ltd., will see the company replace four rotors and poles at the Nendaz plant in Canton Valais. Alstom said it will also gradually replace the project’s stators.

“We wish to thank Axpo Power Ltd., Grande Dixence Ltd. and Hydro Explotation Ltd. for their renewed trust in our company,” said Christoph Orlmanns, head of sales and project management service for Switzerland and Germany. “This order endorses our strategy to support customers with full services and retrofit offerings to secure operational reliability and to optimize their asset management throughout the plants’ lifespan.”

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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