Alstom will supply 2.4 GW Colombia hydro plant

It will be the biggest hydro plant in Colombia, generating 2,400 MW

November 8, 2012 — Alstom won a contract worth about $216 million, by Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) to supply eight turbines and generators units for the Ituango hydropower plant.

This power plant will be installed on the river Cauca in the Antioquia department, 105 miles from Medellín (second city of Colombia and the capital of the Antioquia department). It will be the biggest hydro plant in Colombia, generating 2,400 MW. EPM owns and operates with more than 3,200 MW of installed capacity.

The contract involves the supply of eight 300 MW Francis turbines, with their respective speed regulators and cylindrical gates, and eight generators with their respective excitation systems and bus bar. Alstom will be the sole turbines and generators supplier for the project. The first four generating units will be ready by 2018 and the other four will be ready by 2021.

All the equipment will be produced by Alstom Taubaté unit in São Paulo state, Brazil, one of the largest hydropower generation equipment factories in the world, dedicated to the Brazilian and South American markets, as well as exports worldwide.

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