International technology group Andritz has received a contract from Electricidade de Portugal (EDP) to supply the complete electromechanical equipment for the Ribeiradio and Ermida hydropower stations.
These new hydropower plants will be built on the Rio Vouga River, approximately 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Porto. Commissioning is planned for early 2014.
For Ribeiradio, Andritz Hydro will supply a Francis turbine with a nominal output of 77 MW. The Ermida power station will be equipped with two double-regulated compact axial turbines (1,950 mm runner diameter and a nominal output of 3.8 MW each). The scope of supply for both hydropower plants also includes synchronous generators, control systems, hydromechanical equipment and electrical and mechanical auxiliary systems.
Andritz Hydro is part of a consortium with the Portuguese company Efacec Engenharia S.A., which is responsible for local supplies and services. This complies with the customer's request for a high proportion of supplies and services from Portugal.
In other news, Andritz Hydro recently won a US$40 million contract for the provision of floodgates and drainage systems for the Angostura hydropower project on the Biobio River in Chile, Chilean utility Colbun announced.
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