Voith Siemens, Siemens to equip Portugal’s 248-MW Picote 2

National utility Energias de Portugal S.A. (EDP) awarded a contract to a consortium of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation and Siemens S.A. to supply generating equipment for the 248-MW Picote 2 hydroelectric project on Portugal’s Douro River.

Voith Siemens said the 56 million euro (US$82 million) contract includes supply of a 248-MW Francis turbine, 273-MVa generator, excitation system, automation, and balance of plant equipment. (HNN 4/2/07)

EDP plans to invest 130 million euros (US$170 million) on Picote 2, an expansion of the existing 231-MW Picote project, which has been in service since 1958. (HNN 10/8/07) EDP said the investment is part of its program to increase investment in renewable energy.

EDP previously awarded a 46 million euro (US$60.1 million) civil works contract to a consortium of Obras Publicas e Cimento Armado and Moniz da Maia, Serra &Fortunato � Empreiteiros. The project includes a powerhouse cavern; chambers, galleries, and tunnels of the hydraulic circuit, cofferdams, and access tunnels. Commissioning is planned for 2011.

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