Alstom recently concluded two contracts with Norte Energia to provide equipment to the Belo Monte hydroelectric complex, located at Xingu River, in Brazil’s northern Pará state. Belo Monte, said to be the world’s fourth-largest hydroelectric power plant will have a planned capacity of 11.233,1 MW. This plant is expected to take 8 years of construction and is expected to meet the electricity needs of 60 million people in 16 states plus the Federal District.
The first one (contract amendment), awarded to Alstom and other companies through ELM Consortium, covers the supply of a new turbine and two generators to the hydroelectric site. Alstom’s share in ELM Consortium is worth around €70 million. This share corresponds to 33 % of the total agreement with Norte Energia. The delivery is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
The second contract will be carried out by an Alstom-led consortium with Bardella for the supply of hydro mechanical equipment. The total amount of the second contract is €14 million, with an Alstom’s share of €4.3 million. The full scope of the project includes 10 provisional stop logs for Pimental’s water intake and 18 provisional stop logs for Belo Monte’s draft tube. As part of the Alstom-led consortium, Bardella and IMMA (Indústria Metaúrgica e Mecânica da Amazônia), a joint-venture between Alstom and Bardella, will be the project’s subcontractors. The delivery is scheduled to be completed in November 2016.
In January 2012, an Alstom-led consortium, including the German company Voith and the Austrian company Andritz, was chosen to supply 20 turbine-generator sets (14 Francis turbine-generator of 611MW each for Belo Monte hydropower plant and 6 Bulb turbine-generators with rated power –on the shaft – of 39,8MW each for Pimental hydropower plant) and other electromechanical equipment of these plants. As part of this provision, Alstom is in charge of delivering to Belo Monte: 7 Francis turbine-generator sets, hydro mechanical equipment, bus bars and gas insulated substations (GIS) to the 18 generator units of the plant.