China’s Dongfang to supply 18 units to Brazil’s 3,300-MW Jirau

The developer of the 3,300-MW Jirau hydroelectric project has awarded a US$410 million contract to China’s Dongfang Electric for supply of 18 turbine-generators to the project, being built on the Madeira River in Brazil’s Rondonia State.

Energia Sustentavel do Brasil (ESBR), winner of a concession to build Jirau in Brazil’s Amazon Region, announced January 26 that it had signed the contract in December with Dongfang Electric Corp. International and Dongfang Electric Machinery, both based in China.

It was announced in December that a consortium led by Alstom Hydro and including Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation and Andritz Hydro (formerly Andritz VA Tech Hydro) also had won a 300 million euro (US$421.8 million) contract from ESBR to supply turbine-generators and other equipment for Jirau. (HNN 12/29/08)

Dongfang is to supply 18 75-MW turbine-generators. ESBR also announced it was adding two more units to the project design, for a total of 46 turbine-generators. ESBR said the units will increase the project to 2,014.24 average MW from 1,975.3 average MW. Reports indicated approval of the addition was pending with regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL), after which the project’s installed capacity would be listed as 3,450 MW.

ESBR predicted commercial operation would begin in 38 months, with generation in early 2012.

Dongfang said the contract represents its entry into the Brazilian market as well as the largest export contract the Chinese firm has ever signed. General Director Han Zhiqiao said the bulb turbines will be the largest it has designed for delivery around the world.

ESBR consortium members include Suez Energy South America Participacoes Ltda.; Eletrosul Centrais Eletricas S/A; Companhia Hidro Eletrica do Sao Francisco (CHESF); and Camargo Correa Investimentos em Infra-Estrutura S/A.

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