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Alstom to supply unit to Salamonde pumped-storage hydro project in Portugal

Alstom, in consortium with Portuguese engineering company Ensulmeci, has been awarded a contract by Portuguese utillity Energias de Portugal to supply and install a new turbine that will more than quadruple power output at the Salamonde hydropower project.

Under the terms of the contract, worth over EUR 55 million (US$79 million) in total, Alstom will supply and install the entire unit, consisting of one 207-MW Francis reversible pump turbine, a 244 MVA motor-generator, butterfly valve and other hydromechanical equipment, and mechanical and electrical balance of plant.

Salamonde's existing units, for which Alstom supplied part of the hydromechanical equipment and carried out a retrofit of the generators during the 1980s, was installed in the 1950s and has an output of 2 x 21 MW. The commissioning of unit 3 in 2015 will bring total power output of the Salamonde hydro project up to 250 MW.

In other news, Alstom has successfully delivered the first 812-MW turbine runner to the site of the Xiangjiaba hydroelectric power project under construction in China.

The runner weighs 406 tons, has a diameter of 10.5 meters and a height of 4.7 meters.

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