July 8, 2008

Alstom to Build Hydromechanical Equipment Plant in Brazil

French engineering major Alstom has announced the construction of a hydromechanical equipment plant in the state of Rondonia, Brazil, in a bid to support hydroelectric projects in the northern region of the country, and supply hydromechanical and lifting equipment for projects in the Amazon region.

Alstom Hydro has joined forces with Bardella, a Brazilian capital goods company, to create an equal-stake joint venture called Industria Metalurgica e Mecanica da Amazonia (IMMA).

IMMA will invest around E35 million to build a plant located in Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, northwest of Brazil. This plant, which is expected to be operational at the end of 2009, will employ around 300 people.

IMMA will supply hydromechanical equipment for the Santo Antonio hydroelectric plant, one of the Madeira River projects. Alstom and Bardella are members of the engineering consortium, led by Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, which was selected to build the Rio Madeira power plant.

The Santo Antonio plant will be built on the Madeira River in Rondonia, with an installed capacity of 3,150MW. Alstom will supply the project with 19 bulb turbines, recommended for lower water head and reduced environmental impact.