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Alstom to supply equipment for Namibia's biggest hydroelectric plant

Alstom Hydro, in consortium with Andritz Hydro, received a contract from Nam Power to supply equipment and penstocks for a 92-MW turbine-generator at Namibia’s Ruacana power plant.

The plant, on the Kuene River near the Angola border, accounts for about 80 percent of Namibia’s annual electricity production.

Alstom will supply one generator set, excitation system, control and protection system, and electrical auxiliary systems. The company said it will handle the installation, commissioning, and testing of the new unit, which is expected to begin commercial operations in March 2012.

Alstom said it supplied hydro equipment and other systems to the Ruacana power plant during its construction in 1977.

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