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n Contract Award:

Mexico awards construction of 750-mw La Yesca

Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) awarded a contract to a consortium led by Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) to build the 750-mw La Yesca hydroelectric project on the Santiago River.

The consortium, which presented the low bid of US$767.6 million, is led by ICA, Mexico’s largest construction company, and includes Promotora e Inversora Adisa, La Peninsular Compania Constructora, and Constructora de Proyectos Hidroelectricos.

Russian equipment supplier Power Machines is to supply turbine-generators and other equipment to La Yesca. Power Machines said it will serve as subcontractor to ICA and its partners to supply equipment worth US$200 million.

The company said it would deliver two 375-mw hydropower turbines and other hydro-mechanical and electrical equipment. It is to manufacture, deliver, and install the equipment from 2008-2012.

To be located at Hostotipaquillo in Jalisco State, the La Yesca project is to include a 220-meter-tall concrete-faced rockfill dam, a reservoir of 2.39 billion cubic meters, and an underground powerhouse.

ICA arranged financing structured by WestLB bank.


n COMPANY NEWS:

Alimak names director

Alimak AB of Sweden announced the appointment of Rolf J. Persson as managing director. Persson succeeds Nils-Erik Haggstrom, who now serves as Group Business Area Manager, Industrial, for Alimak, which supplies construction hoists, industrial lifts, mast-climbing platforms, and other vertical access solutions.

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n contract award:

Alstom Hydro to equip Vietnam’s 2,400-mw Son La

Alstom Hydro, a joint venture of France’s Bouygues and Alstom, has won a 190 million euro (US$270.5 million) contract to equip Electricity of Vietnam’s 2,400-mw Son La hydroelectric project.

Alstom Hydro is to design, engineer, manufacture, and deliver six 400-mw Francis turbine-generators and balance of plant. The contract also includes training, supervision of installation, testing, and commissioning. The first unit is to go on line in 2010 and the last in 2012.

Son La is to be built on the Da River in Son La Province, 340 kilometers northwest of Hanoi. It is to generate 10 billion kilowatt-hours per year, meeting a significant part of Vietnam’s energy needs.

Vietnam’s four largest banks agreed in September to lend 17.5 trillion dong (US$1.08 billion) over 15 years to finance Son La.


n COMPANY NEWS:

Climax Machine Tools opens Europe headquarters

Climax Portable Machine Tools Inc. has a new European headquarters in Duren, Germany.

The facility features both office and manufacturing space, and includes an expanded Climax Portable Machining Training Institute facility for engineering consulting, hands-on learning, and technical support.

Climax provides on-site machining for the power industry.


n CONTRACTS:

Briefly

China Gezhouba Group Co. (CGGC) said it will share in nearly half of a 310 million euro (US$440.3 million) contract to build Iran’s 450-mw Rudbar Lorestan hydroelectric project. The contract, with project owner Iran Water and Power Resources Development Co., calls for SEPASAD Engineering Co. of Iran and CGGC to complete construction in 52 months.

Irish utility ESB Power Generation named Voith Siemens Hydro Kraftwerkstechnik GmbH to supply replacement governors for the 292-mw Turlough Hill pumped-storage project at Glendalough in County Wicklow. Voith Siemens was chosen from among three bidders. The contract includes a replacement governor control system, electro-hydraulic converter, speed measurement system, and overspeed system for one of Turlough Hill’s four pump-turbine units. The contract includes an option for similar work on the other three units.

Slovenia utility Holding Slovenske Elektrarne (HSE) awarded an 18.9 million euro (US$25.4 million) contract for civil works construction of the 42.5-mw Blanca hydroelectric project on Slovenia’s Sava River. HSE selected Nivo Gradnje in Ekologija d.d. of Slovenia from among seven bidders. The work is to include construction of embankments, dam, intake and outlet, fish passage, and related work.


n CONTRACT AWARD:

Equipment awards made for China’s 4,800-mw Jinping 2

Ertan Hydropower Development Co. awarded a 120 million euro (US$163.6 million) contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 4,800-mw Jinping 2 hydroelectric project on China’s Yalong River.

Voith Siemens said the contract is the largest deal for its Voith Siemens Shanghai unit since it was formed in 1994. Jinping 2 will be equipped with eight 600-mw Francis turbines, operating with a head of 318 meters. Voith Siemens said the 17-kilometer penstock is one of the longest in the world.

Alstom Hydro, a joint venture of France’s Bouygues and Alstom, said it received a contract from Ertan to supply eight 600-mw generators to Jinping 2, The 29.8 billion renminbi (US$3.73 billion) plant is to be completed in 2014 in China’s Sichuan Province.

Ertan began work in December 2006 on Jinping 2, the largest of five hydro projects to be built on the Yalong, forming a cascade with the 3,300-mw Ertan project. In July, Ertan named U.S-based engineering firm MWH to provide engineering and construction management services for the 3,600-mw Jinping 1 project.


n CONFERENCES:

HydroVision 2008 features information exchange

The HydroVision 2008 Conference offers attendees from around the world opportunities to exchange useful information for performing their daily work, organizers said.

More than 2,000 participants from more than 45 countries are expected to attend HydroVision, July 14-18, 2008, in Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

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Conference advisory and steering committee members and moderators of panel discussion sessions (comprising more than 120 individuals) are designing sessions to maximize opportunities for information exchange. The conference program consists of sessions organized in topic “tracks.”

Seven of the tracks comprise interactive panel discussions, in which a moderator leads a group of panelists in informal discussion sessions. Those tracks are: Asset Management; Hydraulic Structures and Safety; New Development; Ocean/Tidal/Stream Power; Operations and Maintenance; Policies and Regulations; and Water Resources.

An eighth track features technical paper sessions on a wide variety of topics, presented in both oral presentation and poster gallery formats.

Details are on the Internet at www.hcipub.com/hydrovision. To request a printed brochure and registration information, telephone (1) 816-931-1311 or e-mail info@ hcipub.com.


n CONTRACT AWARD:

Patel wins civil contract for 520-mw Tapovan Vishnugad

NTPC Ltd. awarded a contract to Patel Engineering Ltd. of India to build the powerhouse and related civil works of the 520-mw Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric project on the Dhauliganga River in India’s Uttarakhand State.

Patel said it received the 4.28 billion rupee (US$108.7 million) contract to construct a surge shaft, pressure shaft, penstock, tailrace tunnel, switchyard, and powerhouse. The work is to be completed in 48 months.

NTPC Ltd. previously awarded a US$61 million contract to a consortium of Zarubezhvodstroi of Russia and SSJV of India for a 73-meter-long dam, head regulator, diversion works, desilting basin, and part of a headrace tunnel. Indian construction and engineering firm Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and Austria’s Alpine Mayreder Bau GmbH received a US$102 million contract to build a headrace tunnel.

In 2006, the NTPC board agreed to invest 34.25 billion rupees (US$763 million) in the project.

Tapovan Vishnugad is to include four 132-mw vertical Pelton turbines, governors, four 144.44-mva generators, excitation, transformers, valves, cranes, auxiliaries, switchgear, and supervisory control and data acquisition system.


n ORGANIZATIONS:

International hydro group names board

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) elected board members, announcing results following the 44th IHA Board Meeting September 20-21.

The board president is Refaat Abdel-Malek, MWH Global Inc., United States. Vice presidents are Ken Adams, Manitoba Hydro, Canada; Jean-Michel Devernay, EDF-Hydro Engineering Centre, France; Roger Gill, Hydro Focus Pty. Ltd., Australia; Janak Lal Karmacharya, Ministry of Water Resources, Nepal; Terry Moss, ESKOM, South Africa; and Hans Peter Schiffer, Hydro Equipment Association, Germany,

Following is the new board for 2007-2009, with members listed alphabetically: Dogan Altinbilek, Middle East Technical University, Turkey; Bjarni Bjarnason, Landsvirkjun, Iceland; Antonio Otelo Cardoso, Itaipu Binacional, Brazil; Philippe Cochet, Alstom Hydro Power, France; S.K. Garg, National Hydroelectric Power Corp., India; Jon Ulrik Haaheim, Statkraft, Norway; Hubert Lienhard, Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation, Germany; Lin Chuxue, China Three Gorges Project Corp., China; Israel Phiri, Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Zambia; Yogendra Prasad, Indian National Hydropower Association, India; Peter Rae, International Renewable Energy Alliance, Australia; Viatcheslav Sinyugin, HydroOGK Russia; Nadia Sood, SN Power, Norway; Richard Taylor, IHA executive director, United Kingdom; and Myriam Truchon, Hydro-Québec, Canada.

The 2009 IHA Congress is to take place in Iceland.


n CONTRACT AWARD:

Italy-Brazil group to build Brazil’s 1,087-mw Estreito

CESTE, the consortium developing the 1,087-mw Estreito hydroelectric project, awarded a 230 million euro (US$326.6 million) contract to Impregilo of Italy and OAS Engenharia of Brazil to build the project’s dam and powerhouse on Brazil’s Tocantins River.

Impregilo said the contract includes a 60-meter-tall, 540-meter-long concrete dam and the power station. Work is expected to be complete in the second half of 2010.

CESTE signed a 155 million real (US$81.3 million) contract in May with engineering firm OAS Engenharia for the first phase of construction, including excavation and infrastructure preparation.

CESTE previously awarded a 92 million euro (US$125 million) contract to Alstom Hydro for generators and other equipment.


n COMPANY NEWS:

Bouygues increases stake in Alstom

French conglomerate Bouygues announced it raised its stake in power engineering group Alstom to 30.07 percent, against the backdrop of speculation the two companies might strengthen their ties.

“Bouygues took advantage of market opportunities to acquire Alstom shares in recent months,” Bouygues said October 5. “Bouygues’ stake in Alstom thus increased from 25.35 percent at 30 June 2007 to 30.07 percent at 5 October 2007.”

In 2006, Bouygues agreed to buy the French government’s 21 percent stake in Alstom and to assume a 50 percent share of Alstom’s hydropower equipment business. Bouygues has units in construction, telecommunications, road works, property development, and media.


n report:

BHA speakers agree hydro’s future is bright

About 100 hydro owners, developers, and specialists attended the British Hydro Association’s 2007 conference Oct. 10-11 in Perthshire, Scotland.

Speakers predicted that hydro in the United Kingdom is positioned to capitalize on future power shortages.

New development dominated the program. Several presentations focused on the use of waves and tidal currents to generate electricity, while one featured the development of the 100-mw Glendoe project in Scotland.

— By Ian M. Cook, ICCL, United Kingdom


n COMPANY NEWS:

Sweden’s AF Group acquires Swiss Colenco

AF Group, a Sweden-based consultant in industrial processes, infrastructure, and information technology, has acquired Swiss energy consulting company Colenco AG, which has a major portfolio in hydropower.

AF Group said it paid about 300 million kronor (US$43.5 million) for 100 percent of the shares of Colenco, plus additional payments to a maximum of 100 million kronor (US$14.5 million) to be made based on profits over the next three years.

AF said Colenco brings into the deal about 80 million kronor (US$11.6 million) in cash and cash equivalents and premises valued at 100 million kronor (US$14.5 million). AF said, based on an additional purchase price of about 50 million kronor (US$7.2 million), intangible assets are estimated to total 190 million kronor (US$27.5 million), of which 180 million kronor (US$26 million) is classified as good will.

The Swedish group said it plans to consolidate Colenco into AF’s Process Division beginning in the third quarter of 2007.

“The acquisition reflects AF’s international strategy of meeting rapidly expanding demand on the international energy market,” AF said.


n CONTRACTS:

Briefly

HydroOGK and aluminum producer RUSAL awarded a contract to JSC Power Machines of Russia to supply nine generators for the 3,000-mw Boguchanskaya hydroelectric project being built on Russia’s Angara River. The contract, worth more than 3 billion rubles (US$117.3 million), calls for delivery from 2009 to 2012.

Verbund Austrian Hydro Power awarded a contract for supply of valve equipment for the 480-mw Limberg 2 pumped-storage project to Hans Kunz GmbH of Austria. The contract is to run from 2007-2011. Verbund also awarded a US$1 million contract to WPK Werkstoff-Planung-Kontroll Ges.m.b.H of Austria for oversight of equipment installation.

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority awarded a contract to Snowy Mountains Engineering Corp. of Australia for study and design of the 1,100- to 1,200-mw Kohala hydroelectric project on Pakistan’s Jhelum River. Kohala is to have a dam on the upper branch of the Jhelum, 40 kilometers from Muzaffarabad and a powerhouse on the lower branch of the Jhelum near Barasala.

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. awarded a US$58 million contract to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. to supply electro-mechanical works for the 44-mw Chutak hydroelectric project being built on the Saru River in India’s Jammu & Kashmir State.


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