Brazil developer awards generator contract for 1,087-MW Estreito

CESTE, the consortium developing 1,087-MW Estreito hydroelectric project, has awarded a 92 million euro (US$125 million) contract for generators and other equipment to Alstom Hydro.

Alstom Hydro, a joint venture of Alstom and Bouygues, is to supply six 136-MW generators; busbar, hydro-mechanical and lifting equipment; and installation supervision for the project, on the Tocantins River in Brazil’s Maranhao and Para states.

The equipment will be manufactured in the company’s Taubate, Brazil, facility. The first unit is to be delivered in June 2010.

�It is encouraging to see large hydro projects are once again getting the stamp of approval in Brazil,� Alstom Hydro President Philippe Cochet said. �I believe well planned and executed hydropower plants contribute to meeting the nation’s energy needs and renewables targets.�

The CESTE consortium includes Suez Brazilian unit Tractebel Energia, Brazilian mining firm Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, U.S. aluminum maker Alcoa, and local construction firm Camargo Correa.

Estreito recently qualified to sell electricity in the government’s upcoming power auction. (HNN 7/2/07) In June, Brazil’s federal court lifted an order that had blocked construction of the project due to allegations it would cause environmental damage to indigenous Indian lands.

Suez said the consortium signed a 155 million real (US$81.3 million) contract in May with engineering firm OAS Engenharia for the first phase of Estreito construction. The first phase is to include excavation and infrastructure preparation for the powerhouse.


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