Alstom to supply Brookfield's small hydro plants

Alstom has signed contracts with Brookfield Renewable Power to supply small hydro plant equipment for projects in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

The contracts are part of Brookfield’s plans to install between 100MW and 150 MW of small hydro plants in each of the next five years.

Alstom’s scope of supply for the Pezzi and Serra dos Cavalinhos II small hydro plants includes two Kaplan “S” turbines, two generators, two speed controllers, two voltage regulators, and the assembly and commissioning supervision of this equipment. Alstom’s Kaplan “S” turbines are specifically developed to fit small hydro needs, combining cost effectiveness with efficiency, flexibility, reliability and high annual production, according to Alstom.

The 20MW Pezzi plant will be built on the Antas River, between the municipalities of Bom Jesus and Jaquirana. Commissioning should start in September 2012. The 29MW Serra dos Cavalinhos II plant will be located in the municipalities of São Francisco de Paula and Monte Alegre dos Campos and commissioning should begin in November 2012.

Equipment for the projects is being manufactured at Alstom’s Taubaté plant, one of its largest hydro manufacturing plants in the world. Taubaté produces a wide range of products, such as turbines of all sizes, generators for several applications, hydromechanical equipment and small hydroelectric plants.

“Most equipment in the hydro plants owned by Brookfield Renewable Power has been supplied by Alstom,” says Marcos Costa, head of Power Alstom Brazil and Latin America. ”We’re determined to maintain our position as the main supplier to the company over coming years, helping to expand the installed capacity in Brazil, which should grow at least 5% a year.”

Alstom is actively involved in Brazil’s small hydro market. Among recent achievements, it successfully implemented a generation operation centre in Rio de Janeiro, which is responsible for the remote operation and maintenance of 16 small hydro plants distributed in Goiás, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro states.