Andritz wins contract for Nuble hydropower plant equipment

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The Andritz Group has received a contract from Hidroelectrica Nuble to supply electro and hydro-mechanical equipment for the 136-MW Nuble hydropower project in Chile.

The US$57.4 million award includes the supply of two Francis turbines and generators, balance of plant services, control and protection equipment, and intake and diversion gates.

The run-of-river plant will be located near San Fabian on the Nuble River in Chile’s Revion VIII. reported this past October that Hidroelectrica Nuble’s parent company, utility Electrica Puntilla S.A., had awarded Andritz and Vial y Vives of Chile a $257 million contract to build and equip the $350 million plant.

Electrica Puntilla has six operating run-of-river hydro plants and seven in the development pipeline. President Pablo Jose Perez Cruz said the company expects to increase its current hydropower capacity of 74 MW installed and under construction to a total of 500 MW.

Chilean utility Compania General de Electricidad S.A. originally announced plans to develop Nuble. CGE’s development unit, CGE Generacion, signed an agreement in 2006 with MGM International of the United States for sale of carbon credits from Nuble to help finance its construction.

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