Andritz VA Tech Hydro to equip Brazil’s 3,150-MW Santo Antonio

Andritz VA Tech Hydro has received a 250 million euro (US$317.2 million) contract to supply turbine-generators and voltage regulating systems for the 3,150-MW Santo Antonio hydroelectric project on the Madeira River in Brazil’s Rondonia State.

Andritz said its Andritz VA Tech Hydro Brasil and recently acquired Andritz Hydro Inepar do Brasil are to supply 12 turbines and generators as well as 24 voltage regulating systems for the generators. The first unit is to begin operation in mid-2012.

Andritz said it received the order from Consorcio Madeira Energia, which won concession bidding to build Santo Antonio last year. (HNN 12/10/07) The consortium includes Furnas Centrais Eletricas S/A, Odebrecht Investimentos em Infra-estrutura Ltda., Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S.A., Andrade Gutierrez Participacoes S/A, Cemig Geracao e Transmissao S/A, and Fundo de Investimentos e Participacoes Amazonia Energia (formed by banks Banif and Santander).

Santo Antonio is to have a total of 44 turbine-generators of about 72 MW each. Andritz said bulb units are particularly suitable for low heads and large water flows such as the Madeira River.

In September, Alstom Hydro said it received a 500 million euro (US$708 million) contract to supply Santo Antonio 19 bulb turbines, 22 generators, and 50 percent of the project’s hydro-mechanical and lifting equipment. (HNN 9/17/08)

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