ON-LINE REPORT: Operation begins at Brazil’s 880-mw Campos Novos

CPFL Energia announced the first unit began operation in February at the 880-mw Campos Novos project on the Canoas River in Brazil’s Santa Catarina State.

CPFL, which owns 48.72 percent of the project, said utility regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica gave final approval to begin operation of the first 293.3-mw unit. It said the unit is responsible for 91 percent (average 342 mw) of the assured energy of the project.

Filling of the reservoir was completed January 31. Campos Novos’ completion schedule had been disrupted by a problem of leaking in the dam and diversion tunnel. The project resumed storing water in late November.

Work begins at 855-mw Foz do Chapeco

CPFL also announced construction is under way on the 855-mw Foz do Chapeco project on the Uruguai River at the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states.

Environmental regulator Instituto Brasileiro de Meio Ambiente renewed the project license in December, clearing a schedule that anticipates the 2.1 billion real (US$970 million) project will go on line in 2011.

CPFL owns 51 percent of Foz do Chapeco. Other owners are Furnas Centrais Eletricas and Companhia Estadual de Energia Eletrica.

CONTRACT AWARD: India firm to build Zambia’s Itezhi-Tezhi

A subsidiary of India’s Tata Group will construct the 120-mw Itezhi-Tezhi hydroelectric project in Zambia in partnership with government-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corp. (ZESCO), the companies announced.

ZESCO and South African-based Tata Africa Holdings (PTY) signed a cooperation agreement to build the US$150 million power station, which is needed to meet rising power demands from Zambia’s mining sector and other industries.

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CONTRACT AWARD: BHEL to equip India’s Parbati 3

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) awarded a 4.02 billion rupee (US$87 million) contract to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to supply turbine-generators and other electro-mechanical equipment for the 520-mw Parbati 3 project on the Sainj River.

The agreement includes four 130-mw vertical shaft Francis turbines; four main inlet spherical valves; four 159-megavolt-ampere, 13.8-kilovolt, three-phase, 50-Hertz synchronous generators; step-up transformers; computer-based control, protection, and monitoring equipment; and auxiliaries.

In 2006, NHPC awarded contracts for civil construction of Parbati 3. A 4.39 billion rupee (US$95.9 million) contract went to a consortium of Patel Engineering Ltd. and Larsen & Toubro to construct a diversion tunnel including gates, rockfill dam, intake structures, and part of the headrace tunnel.

A 3.24 billion rupee (US$70.97 million) contract went to a joint venture of Jager Bau GmbH and Gammon India Ltd. to construct part of the headrace tunnel, the surge shaft, pressure shaft, powerhouse, and tailrace tunnel.

Parbati 3 is to be completed in five years at a cost of 23.04 billion rupees (US$500.7 million).


Kraftwerke Eglisau-Glattfelden AG awarded a contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to supply electro-mechanical equipment to boost the capacity of the 32.2-mw Eglisau hydropower plant on Switzerland’s Rhine River. Voith Siemens is to deliver seven 6.7-mw Kaplan turbine-generators, governors, and controls, totaling 46.9 mw, to replace seven 4.6-mw Francis units that began operation between 1915 and 1921.

NTPC Ltd. awarded a contract to a Russia-India consortium to build a dam and desilting chamber for the 520-mw Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric project on the Dhauliganga River in India’s Uttarakhand State. Zarubezhvodstroi of Russia and SSJV of India won a contract worth 2.7 billion rupees (US$61 million) for a 73-meter-long dam, head regulator, diversion works, desilting basin, and part of a headrace tunnel.

Israel’s biggest construction firm, Housing & Construction Holding Co., announced its Solel Boneh International unit signed a contract worth US$95 million to help build a hydroelectric plant in Guatemala. Solel Boneh signed with a private company for civil engineering of the 94-mw hydroelectric plant. Work includes a diversion dam, 700,000-cubic-meter reservoir, and 5-kilometer tunnel.

REFURBISHMENT: Venezuela orders rehab of 10,300-mw Simon Bolivar

Utility CVG Electrificacion del Caroni (Edelca) has awarded contracts for rehabilitation of turbine-generators of the 10,300-mw Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project on Venezuela’s Caroni River.

Andritz VA Tech Hydro said its VA Tech Escher Wyss unit won a 100 million euro (US$129 million) contract in consortium with a Brazilian unit of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation for rehabilitation of five turbine-generators. Andritz said the contract amount would be shared nearly equally between the partners.

The contract calls for rehabilitation of five 770-mw Francis turbines with a diameter of 7.3 meters and weighing 200 tons. VA Tech’s portion of the contract includes supply and installation of three turbine runners and other components.

Edelca also awarded an 80 million euro (US$104.6 million) contract to Alstom Hydro for refurbishment of four turbine-generators at Simon Bolivar.

Alstom is to provide complete refurbishment of four 400-mw Francis turbines and generators and associated hydro-mechanical equipment in the project’s Guri 1 powerhouse in Porto Ordaz. The first unit is scheduled for operation in the first quarter of 2009.

Simon Bolivar, the former Raul Leoni or Guri hydro project, has two powerhouses of ten turbines each, which are being modernized at a rate of two per year. The project was renamed for the Venezuelan hero in 2006 by President Hugo Chavez.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Mexico restarts bidding to build 750-mw La Yesca

Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) restarted bidding for construction of the 750-mw La Yesca project on the Santiago River. Bids are due July 31.

To be located in Jalisco State, La Yesca is to include a 220-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam, a reservoir of 2.39 billion cubic meters, and an underground powerhouse containing two 375-mw turbine-generators.

In late 2006, CFE rejected bids by consortia led by Mexico’s Ingenieros Civiles Asociados and by China’s Sinohydro Corp. because they exceeded the ceiling price. Another bid, by a group led by Italy’s Impregilo, failed to achieve technical requirements.

CFE said modifications in the bidding requirements were made to encourage greater participation by Mexican companies. CFE plans on first unit completion in February 2011, with project completion in June 2011.

For information, contact Comision Federal de Electricidad, Gerencia de Licitaciones y Contratacion de Proyectos, Subdireccion de Contratacion de Proyectos de Inversion Financiada, Paseo de la Reforma 164, Mezzanine 1, Colonia Juarez, Distrito Federal 06600 Mexico; Fax: (52) 5229-4755; E-mail: licitaciones.pif@cfe.gob.mx; Internet: www.cfe.gob.mx.

ON-LINE REPORT: Ecuador starts 230-mw San Francisco

In one of his final acts before leaving office, President Alfredo Palacio inaugurated the first 115-mw unit of the 230-mw San Francisco hydro project on the Pastaza River in Ecuador’s central Andean highlands.

An announcement by the president’s office, as carried by Business News Americas, said Palacio inaugurated the unit before being replaced by newly elected President Rafael Correa January 15.

Brazilian construction company Norberto Odebrecht built the US$302 million project, while Brazilian units of Alstom and VA Tech Hydro supplied turbine-generators. Brazil’s national bank, BNDES, helped finance the project.

San Francisco uses flow releases from the 156-mw Agoyan hydro plant.

REFURBISHMENT: Bank funds more rehab at Georgia’s 1,270-mw Enguri

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a US$10 million addition to its US$38.75 million lending program to fully restore 1,270-mw Enguri Dam, the primary source of power in Georgia.

EBRD and the European Commission (EC) have been helping improve the blackout-plagued Georgia electricity system since 1997, in part by investing in Enguri.

With a US$38.75 million loan from the EBRD and a grant of 9.4 million euros (US$12 million) from the EC, Georgia carried out the rehabilitation. Three units have been rehabilitated and were restored to service in July 2006.

EBRD now is extending its loan and increasing it by US$10 million to cover rehabilitation of the remaining two generating units.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Bank grants US$1.6 million for Bhutan hydro

The Asian Development Bank has granted US$1.6 million in technical assistance to the Bhutan Ministry of Energy for a Bhutan Power Development project that includes preparation of the 114-mw Dagachhu hydroelectric project and other hydro development.

The program is intended to strengthen Bhutan’s hydropower sector and accelerate hydropower development. It also is to extend electricity to remote rural households, enhance regionwide energy efficiency, and advance cross-border economic cooperation.

The technical assistance funding is to prepare and strengthen comprehensive project design, feasibility assessment, financing plans, and implementation plans. One component involves development for power export of Dagachhu, a demonstration run-of-river project with 19 kilometers of transmission.

Bhutan has hydropower potential of 30,000 mw.


CVG Electrificacion del Caroni (Edelca) named an international consortium to build the 2,160-mw Tocoma hydroelectric project on Venezuela’s Caroni River. The US$968 million contract was awarded to a consortium including Impregilo SpA of Italy, Brazil’s Odebrecht S.A., Venezuela’s Vinccler C.A., and Brazil’s CBPO Engenharia Ltda. The contract calls for a 300-meter-long, 82-meter-tall concrete dam and hydropower station.

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. awarded a contract to Alstom to supply turbines, generators, and other electro-mechanical equipment for the 240-mw Uri 2 project on the Jhelum River in Jammu & Kashmir State. The 4.08 billion rupee (US$91.3 million) contract is to be completed in 42 months.

Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation is to refurbish two generating units at Peru’s 69-mw Moyopampa hydroelectric project under contract with Utility Empresa de Generacion Electrica de Lima. Each unit has two Pelton turbine runners at a rated capacity of 12.5 mw.

GMR Energy, a unit of GMR Infrastructure Ltd., signed a memorandum of agreement with Arunachal Pradesh State to build the 160-mw Talong hydroelectric project on Kameng River in Arunachal Pradesh. GMR it is to implement, operate, and maintain the 9 billion rupee (US$204 million) project.

CONTRACT AWARD: Tunnel contract awarded for India’s 412-mw Rampur

Hydro developer Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) awarded a contract for civil and hydro-mechanical work to build a headrace tunnel for the 412-mw Rampur hydroelectric project.

SJVN, a joint venture of India’s federal government and Himachal Pradesh State, awarded a contract to Patel-Gammon JV of India totaling 3.8 billion rupees (US$83 million) plus US$9 million. Patel-Gammon was one of five bidders for the work on the Satluj River in Himachal Pradesh.

Rampur is a run-of-river project that is to utilize tailrace waters of SJVN’s 1,500-mw Nathpa Jhakri project. In January, India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved construction of the 20.47 billion rupee (US$458 million) project in Shimla and Kullu districts.

The contract work includes construction of a 10.5-meter-diameter headrace tunnel, diversion tunnel, surge tunnel, upstream and downstream cofferdams, and access roads.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Construction under way at Ethiopia projects

Construction is under way at two major hydroelectric projects in Ethiopia.

President Girma Woldegiorgis formally launched construction in January of the 460-mw Beles project on the Beles River near Lake Tana in northwestern Ethiopia. General Manager Mihret Debebe of Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. said the 6.6 billion birr (US$745.5 million) project is to be completed in 39 months. Turnkey contractor is Salini Costruttori SpA of Italy.

VA Tech Hydro signed a contract with Salini in 2006 to supply turbine-generators and other equipment for Beles. The 70 million euro (US$89.5 million) contract includes four vertical Francis turbines, digital-type governors, generators, and electrical balance of plant.

Salini also began construction in December 2006 at the 1,870-mw Gilgel Gibe 3 hydroelectric project in Ethiopia’s Omo-Gibe River Basin, 240 kilometers southwest of the Addis Ababa. The state-owned Ethiopian Herald said work includes a 240-meter-tall rockfill dam, tunnel, distribution, and water diversion works.

The US$1.75 billion project, called one of the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa, is expected to be completed by 2013, officials said.

CONTRACT AWARD: Group to equip Ecuador’s Mazar

Hydropower generator Hidropaute S.A. has awarded an US$80 million contract for supply of hydro-mechanical and electrical equipment for the 162.6-mw Mazar hydroelectric project on Ecuador’s Paute River.

Hidropaute awarded the turnkey contract to a consortium of Alstom Hydro Energia Brasil Ltda. and Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation Ltda. of Brazil, Siemens S.A. of Colombia, and Consorcio Santos CMI S.A. of Ecuador. The group was one of two bidders, the other being Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona SA (IMPSA) of Argentina.

Hidropaute called for manufacture, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of two 81.3-mw Francis turbine-generators, valves, transformers, controls, and other equipment. The work is to be carried out through June 2009.

Hidropaute S.A. awarded a civil works contract in 2004 to construction companies Herdoiza Crespo of Ecuador and Impregilo of Italy. The government-owned Hidropaute operates the 1,075-mw Paute project downstream. Mazar would control water flows for Paute.

CONTRACT AWARD: EDF to study 1,050-mw plant in Ukraine

The Ukraine has awarded a contract to Electricité de France (EDF) to update a feasibility study of the 1,050-mw Dniester pumped-storage project on the Ukraine’s Dniester River.

EDF received a contract worth 233,818 euros (US$305,764) to update a feasibility study of the first phase of the Dniester pumped-storage project. The work is to require 12 weeks.

With funding from the World Bank, the government of the Ukraine is carrying out a hydropower rehabilitation program and an energy sector reform program.

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