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Italian firm to modernize Nicaragua hydropower plants

Italy-based turbine designer and manufacturer Franco Tosi Meccanica SpA has been awarded a EUR40 million (US$53 million) contract to rehabilitate Nicaragua's two 50-MW hydroelectric power stations – Santa Barbara and Centroamerica.

Each hydropower plant consists of two Francis turbine groups, with a power output of 25 MW each.

Franco Tosi will not only be responsible for the modernization of the turbines, but also the rehabilitation of the generators, the automation and control electric systems, the substation's electric systems and the data transmission and communication systems.

The customer is Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad, the country's state-owned power generator, and the project objective is to extend both plants' useful life by an additional 25 years.

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