CONTRACT AWARD: Voith Siemens to equip 1,368-mw Ingula

South African utility Eskom named Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to equip the 1,368-mw Ingula pumped-storage project on the border of Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

Eskom is developing Ingula in the Little Drakensberg Mountains near Ladysmith. Completion is scheduled for 2013.

Officials of Eskom and Voith Siemens signed the 140 million euro (US$202 million) contract in September.

Voith Siemens is to supply complete electro-mechanical equipment, including four 342-mw pump-turbines, four motor-generators, and automation and control systems.

The company’s German and Japanese operating units are joint partners in the project to design and manufacture the equipment. Motor-generators are to come from Kawasaki in Japan, with pump-turbines supplied by Voith Siemens’ Heidenheim, Germany, plant.

Ingula is to feature two dams, one forming a reservoir on Bedford Stream atop the Drakensberg escarpment and the other at the bottom at the Braamhoek River. The project includes water tunnels, an underground powerhouse complex, access tunnels, and access roads. Eskom already is carrying out tunnel excavation.

COMPANY NEWS: Stucky names chief executive

The board of Swiss-based engineering firm Stucky named Laurent Mouvet chief executive officer, succeeding Marc Balissat, who is retiring.

Mouvet has served on the Stucky board of directors and as head of the company’s Dams Department. The civil engineer has been active on many studies and implementations for dams and hydroelectric schemes in Switzerland and overseas.

Balissat is retiring as chief executive in early 2009, but will continue to work with Stucky as an expert in dam and hydropower projects.

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CONTRACT AWARD: Canada firm studies Bolivia’s 800-mw Cachuela Esperanza

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) awarded a contract to a Canadian firm to perform studies and final design of the 800-mw Cachuela Esperanza hydroelectric project in northeastern Bolivia’s Beni Department.

ENDE, a government-owned utility, signed the contract with Tecsult-AECOM in a ceremony attended by Bolivia President Evo Morales.

Energy Minister Carlos Villegas said the Canadian consultant is to study final design of the US$1.5 billion project, including technical, economic, financial, social, and environmental aspects.

The study, which is to be complete by July 2009, also is expected to identify other possible projects in the area of Cachuela Esperanza on the Beni River upstream from where it joins the Mamore River to form the Madeira River that flows into Brazil.

Electricity Vice Minister Miguel Gaston Yague Chirveches said Tecsult-AECOM also is to study possible cumulative environmental effects of Cachuela Esperanza and two big Brazilian projects proposed for the Madeira, 3,300-mw Jirau and 3,150-mw Santo Antonio.

Yague said tender documents for Cachuela Esperanza’s turbine-generators should be ready by the end of 2008. He added that final design of the project dam should be complete by March 2009.

Yague said it was hoped construction of the dam could begin by the end of 2009, with construction of the powerhouse to begin by mid-2010.


Kenya Electricity Generating Co. Ltd. awarded China’s Sinohydro Corp. a US$65 million contract to build the 21.2-mw Sangoro hydroelectric project in western Kenya. The project will be an extension of the 60-mw Sondu Miriu on the Sondu River.

Theun-Hinboun Power Co. Ltd. named Sweco of Sweden to be owner’s engineer for implementation of 280-mw Theun-Hinboun Expansion project on Laos’ Nam Theun River. THPC is expanding the 210-mw Theun-Hinboun project to include a 220-mw addition and a separate 60-mw power plant.

Australian developer Pacific Hydro awarded a US$282 million contract to Italy’s Astaldi Group to build the 106-mw Chacayes hydroelectric project in Chile’s Cachapoal River Basin. The agreement also calls for Astaldi to build two additional hydro projects in Chile for Pacific Hydro, 184-mw Nido de Aguilas and 98-mw Las Lenas.

Russian equipment supplier Power Machines received a contract from JSC Naryngidroenergostroy to supply two turbines to the 360-mw Kambarata 2 project on Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn River. The contract resumes supply to Kambarata 2 that was interrupted by the fall of the Soviet Union.

FINANCE: Japan banks fund Colombia’s 660-mw Porce 3

Colombia utility Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) announced it received a US$200 million loan from Japanese banks to advance construction of the 660-mw Porce 3 hydroelectric project on Colombia’s Porce River.

EPM said Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and BBVA Japan extended the 15-year loan with a guarantee from the Japan Bank of International Cooperation. The funding for the US$920 million project is to advance construction to assure energy supply for the next decade.

“The transaction is important because it occurs in the middle of a financial crisis in the United States, which demonstrates that, in spite of the bad timing, there is confidence in the country,” EPM President Federico Restrepo said.

Porce 3 is expected to be complete in 2011 in Antioquia Province.

EPM awarded contracts in 2007 totaling US$16 million to Argentina’s Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona S.A. (IMPSA) and Italy’s ATB-Riva Calzoni of Italy to supply gates for the diversion tunnel and outlets. IMPSA previously received a US$36.9 million contract to supply four Francis turbines, while Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Ltd. received a US44.8 million contract to supply synchronous generators.

ORGANIZATIONS: IHA seeks assessment tool

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum is conducting meetings across the globe in 2008 and 2009 seeking to establish a broadly endorsed tool for assessment of sustainable hydropower development.

The forum’s work advances the International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) Sustainability Guidelines and Assessment Protocol, proposed by IHA as a global standard to guide activities in the hydropower sector. The protocol promotes greater consideration of environmental, social, and economic sustainability in the assessment of new energy supply options, new hydro projects, and the operation of existing hydro projects.

In meetings in the United States, Zambia, China, Brazil, Turkey, and Iceland, forum members seek to determine issues to be included in the protocol and the measurement approach for related issues.

The governments of Norway, Iceland, and Germany are the main sponsors of the forum.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Ecuador seeks bids for 1,500-mw Coca Codo Sinclair

Developer Coca Codo Sinclair S.A. seeks bids to build the 1,500-mw Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric project on the Coca River in Ecuador’s Napo Province. Bids are due January 30, 2009.

Coca Codo Sinclair is a joint venture of Compania de Generacion Termoelectrica Pinchincha S.A. (Termopichincha) of Ecuador and Energia Argentina S.A. (Enarsa). Ecuador is to finance 70 percent of the US$1.6 billion project and Argentina 30 percent.

The developer seeks bids for engineering, procurement, and construction of the project. The government previously said Coca Codo Sinclair’s ten 150-mw turbine-generators are to begin operation in 2012.

Pre-contractual bidding documents may be obtained from the company Internet site, www. cocasinclair.com, by advance payment of US$100,000 to Banco del Pacifico, Republic of Ecuador, Banking Account No. 7173636 in the name of Hidroelectrica Coca Codo Sinclair S.A.

ORGANIZATIONS: Hydro Equipment Association names chairman

The board of the Hydro Equipment Association (HEA) named Alstom Hydro President Philippe Cochet to be HEA chairman, succeeding Hubert Lienhard, chief executive officer of Voith AG.

The HEA chairmanship is rotated at regular intervals among its founding members, Alstom Hydro Holding, Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation, and VA Tech Hydro.

Cochette said his main goal in taking over HEA is to strengthen the drive for a globally unique and acknowledged certification system for sustainable hydropower implementation. He said that includes work on global application of the International Hydropower Association’s Sustainability Guidelines and Assessment Protocol.

CONTRACT AWARD: Alstom Hydro to equip 3,150-mw Santo Antonio

Alstom Hydro received a 500 million euro (US$708 million) contract to supply electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment to the 3,150-mw Santo Antonio hydroelectric project on the Madeira River in Brazil’s Rondonia State.

Alstom Hydro, a joint venture of Alstom of France and French conglomerate Bouygues, signed the contract with engineering-procurement-construction contractor Construtora Norberto Odebrecht.

Alstom Hydro is to supply the project 19 bulb turbines, 22 generators, and 50 percent of the project’s hydro-mechanical and lifting equipment. Santo Antonio, which has a total of 44 turbine-generators, is to be on line by mid-2012.

Alstom Hydro said it would manufacture turbines and generators at its facility in Taubate, Brazil. Hydro-mechanical and lifting equipment are to be supplied from a new factory being built at Porto Velho in Rondonia.

Alstom Hydro and Brazil capital goods company Bardella created a 50-50 joint venture, Industria Metalurgica e Mecanica da Amazonia (IMMA), to invest 35 million euros (US$54.8 million) to build the plant in Porto Velho. Alstom had said the plant was intended to serve Santo Antonio.

Alstom and Bardella are members of the engineering-procurement-construction consortium, led by Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, that was chosen to build the project 119 kilometers from the Bolivian border.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Bulgaria revives Danube hydro plan

Bulgaria’s Cabinet decided to revive communist-era plans to develop, with neighboring Romania, four hydroelectric projects on the Danube River totaling 1,410 mw.

The Cabinet directed Economy and Energy Minister Petar Dimitrov to coordinate and head a working group to carry out a feasibility study of the Nikopol-Turnu Magurele and Silistra-Calarasi hydropower complexes, first announced more than 30 years ago. The group also is to explore public-private partnerships to fund their construction, the Cabinet said.

The projects include construction of two 440-mw hydropower plants at the towns of Nikopol in Bulgaria and Turnu Magurele in Romania and two 265-mw plants at Silistra in Bulgaria and Calarasi in Romania. In addition to generating electricity, the statement said, the projects would improve conditions for navigation along the Danube River.

The Balkan country has said it will expand hydroelectric production to help it meet European Union targets to raise renewable energy’s share to 20 percent of all power by 2020. Hydropower now accounts for 10 percent of Bulgaria’s electricity.

Dimitrov announced in August that Bulgaria would attempt to revive the long-delayed 170-mw Gorna Arda hydropower complex on the Gorna Arda River.

CONTRACT AWARD: China names firm to equip Dagangshan

Voith Siemens Hydro Shanghai received a 75 million euro (US$110.1 million) contract to supply generating equipment to the 2,600-mw Dagangshan project on China’s Dadu River.

The Chinese operating unit of German-based Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation received the contract from Guodian Dadu River Hydro Power Development Co.

The Shanghai-based unit is to supply four Francis turbines of 650 mw each. The first unit is scheduled for commissioning in 2013, with project completion in 2014 in Sichuan Province.

Voith Siemens said the turbines will be designed with ring gates for shut-off purposes. Located between the wicket gates and the stay vanes of the turbine, ring gates are lowered and raised through a specifically designed electro-hydraulic motor system. They protect the turbine from silt during unit shutdown, Voith Siemens said.

CONFERENCES: Twenty-five groups endorse Waterpower XVI

Twenty-five leading organizations endorsed the Waterpower XVI Conference and Exhibition and agreed to serve as Waterpower Partners for the event, planned July 27-30, 2009, in Spokane, Wash., U.S.A.

The organizations encompass technical groups, civil construction bodies, industry associations, and project operators. The list can be found under Partners at the Waterpower conference Internet site, www. hcipub.com/wp/index.asp.

Waterpower XVI is expected to be 2009’s largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide. More than 1,300 professionals from more than 30 countries are expected to attend.

The conference provides a unique learning opportunity for hydro professionals. Individuals new to the industry can receive training to advance their professional development, while industry veterans can expand their knowledge on specific areas of interest.

A key feature of the conference is the exhibition of products and services to the hydropower industry. Exhibit space for more than 270 companies is available. More than 80 percent of that space already has been reserved, according to conference organizer HCI Publications.

Companies interested in reserving exhibit space should contact Howard Lutzk at HCI Publications; (1) 816-931-1311, ext. 109; E-mail: hlutzk@hcipub.com. Conference information is on the Internet at www. hcipub.com; click on the Waterpower link.


Uganda named Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa (PTY) Ltd. to help develop a power sector investment plan for the hydro-rich country. Parsons Brinckerhoff was chosen from among five bidders for the US$697,446 contract to plan least-cost investment for generation, transmission, interconnections, and regional power exchanges.

Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) awarded a contract to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 412-mw Rampur hydroelectric project on the Satluj River in India’s Himachal Pradesh State. BHEL is to supply six 68.67-mw vertical Francis turbine-generators for the project.

Italy’s Astaldi Group won a US$220 million contract to build El Salvador’s 65.7-mw El Chaparral hydroelectric project on the Torola River. El Salvador President Elias Antonio Saca and President Nicolas Salume of utility Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa participated in ground breaking for construction.

Lanco Infra Tech Ltd. awarded a contract to Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd. (HCC) for civil construction of twin headrace tunnels for the 500-mw Teesta Stage 6 hydroelectric project on the Teesta River in India’s Sikkim State. HCC said the 3.6 billion rupee (US$73.8 million) contract is to be completed in 45 months.


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Group to design, supervise 969-mw Neelum-Jhelum

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) signed a 4.1 billion rupee (US$61 million) contract with an international consortium for design and construction supervision of the 969-mw Neelum-Jhelum hydroelectric project.

Neelum-Jhelum General Manager Jusnain Afzal signed the contract May 14 on behalf of WAPDA with Gene Kocian, representing Neelum- Jhelum Consultants, a joint venture of MWH of the United States, Norplan of Norway, and three Pakistani firms, National Engineering Services (Nespak), Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE), and National Development Consultants (NDC).

WAPDA had called for consultants to review detailed design for civil works, prepare construction drawings, and review design and specification for plant and equipment for hydraulic steel works, electrical and mechanical works, and construction supervision.

China Gezhouba Group Corp. and China National Machinery & Equipment Import & Export Corp. were successful bidders for civil construction, and mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic steel works for Neelum-Jhelum.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf launched construction of the US$2 billion project in February.


Colombia utility to build 800-mw Sogamoso

The board of Colombia utility Isagen S.A. has approved plans to build the 800-mw Sogamoso hydroelectric project.

An Isagen spokesman said Sogamoso would be built over the next ten years for 2.3 trillion pesos (US$1.3 billion).

Isagen purchased rights to develop Sogamoso in 2007 from Electrificadora de Santander S.A. for 26 billion pesos (US$12 million). It purchased Santander’s rights to studies, designs, and environmental licensing.

Breaking news can be found at HydroNews.net, HCI’s Internet news service. For headlines of the latest top stories in hydro, visit www.hydronews.net.


VA Tech Hydro to equip three Turkish plants

Joint venture hydro developer EnerjiSA awarded a contract to VA Tech Hydro of Austria to equip three hydroelectric projects in Turkey totaling 459 mw.

EnerjiSA, a joint venture of Austrian utility Verbund and Turkey’s Sabanci Group, placed the order worth 70 million euros (US$108.2 million) with VA Tech Hydro, a unit of Andritz Group.

VA Tech Hydro is to supply complete electro-mechanical equipment, including service work, for the Kandil hydropower cascade in Kahramanmaras Province, including the 213.9-mw Kandil, 103.2-mw Sariguzel, and 142-mw Hacininoglu projects.

Kandil, Sariguzel, and Hacininoglu are the first of nine hydropower projects EnerjiSA plans to build totaling 1,000 mw. Other projects are 180-mw Kavsakbendi, 78-mw Yamanli 2, 45-mw Cambasi, 145-mw Kopru, 85-mw Menge, and 8-mw Dagdelen.

EnerjiSA already operates four hydro projects totaling 85 mw in Antalya, Mersin, and Kahramanmaras. It also operates four gas-fired power plants and has plans to build other thermal and wind plants.

Verbund received approval from the European Union in 2007 to proceed with its power production joint venture with Turkey’s Sabanci Group. At that time, Verbund said it would invest US$326.6 million to buy a stake in EnerjiSA from Sabanci and purchase new shares issued in a capital increase at EnerjiSA, bringing its total stake to 49.99 percent and providing EnerjiSA with US$242.2 million in fresh funds.



Karntner Elektrizitats AG (Kelag) awarded contracts to two companies to supply a pump and a motor to enable pumped-storage operation at the 50-mw Koralpe hydro project on Austria’s Drau River. Kelag awarded a contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to supply a storage pump and globe valve. It awarded a contract to Alstom Hydro Austria to supply an alternating current synchronous motor.

Ukraine turbine manufacturer Turboatom signed a contract with Russian equipment supplier OJSC Power Machines to supply turbines for the 660-mw Shengsigou hydro project in China. The 12 million euro (US$18.5 million) contract calls for four 165-mw vertical Kaplan turbines.

The World Bank named consultants to perform two studies of a project to refill the Dead Sea with water from the Red Sea and possibly generate hydropower. On behalf of Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel, the bank named Coyne et Bellier of France to perform a feasibility study and Environment Resources Management of the United Kingdom to perform an environment and social study. The 180-kilometer canal is intended to reverse a 25-meter decline in the level of the Dead Sea in the past century.


Brazil, Peru agree to build 1,400-mw Inambari

Brazil and Peru agreed to build the 1,400-mw Inambari hydroelectric project in Peru with plans to export electricity to northern Brazil.

Peru Energy and Mines Minister Juan Valdivia Romero and Brazil Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao met to firm up the Inambari agreement in May. Peru’s government said an investment of US$2 billion will be required to build Inambari 300 miles from the Brazil border on the borders of Peru’s Puno, Cusco, and Madre de Dios departments. Construction could begin in 2009 with commencement of operation by 2012.

The international director of Brazil construction company OAS, Augusto Cesar Ferreira, said OAS and Brazil federal utility Furnas Centrais Eletricas S.A. plan to invest US$2 billion to build Inambari. The companies are to perform field studies and environmental, archaeological, and economic examinations.

Lobao said Brazil and Peru are considering building 14 more hydroelectric projects in Peru. He did not provide details on the costs of the projects or how they would be financed.

The Brazilian minister told reporters the bulk of the energy from the planned dams would be sent to Brazil.

In February, Lobao said Brazil planned to build five hydroelectric plants with a total capacity of 10,000 mw jointly with South American neighbors Argentina and Bolivia.


Swiss to build 600-mw Nant de Drance

A Swiss utility and a federal railway agreed to proceed with construction of the 600-mw Nant de Drance pumped-storage project at Finhaut in the Swiss Alps.

The boards of utility Aare-Tessin AG fur Elektrizitat (Atel) and federal railway SBB voted to approve building the 990 million franc (US$950 million) project. Atel is to own 60 percent of the project, while SBB owns 40 percent.

Approval is subject to a license and building permit being issued and additional cost limits being set for construction and operation, Atel said. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2008 with operation in 2015.

Nant de Drance is to in-clude an underground powerhouse containing four 150-mw variable-speed pump-turbines, a transformer cavern with common access tunnel of 5,500 meters starting at Le Chatelard, two parallel water conveyance systems with 250-meter headrace tunnel, 470-meter vertical shaft, 160-meter steel-lined pressure tunnel with manifold, and tailrace tunnel with manifold.

The project is to utilize the height difference of two existing reservoirs, Emosson and Vieux Emosson, in Finhaut between Martigny and Chamonix, to produce peaking power. Access to the completely underground plant is to be by a 5-kilometer tunnel, minimizing environmental effects of the big power station.


IMPSA to issue US$65 million in notes

Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona S.A. (IMPSA) proposed a one-year US$65 million issuance of notes to finance the Argentine hydropower equipment supplier’s capital needs for the coming year.

Fitch Ratings assigned a B rating to the proposed issuance of notes to be due in 2009. Fitch said IMPSA’s credit rating is supported by sustained global demand for hydroelectric and wind technology and equipment.

The ratings agency said the increased attractiveness of renewable energy sources boosted IMPSA’s backlog to US$1.7 billion as of January 2008, from US$481 million in April 2006. It said that has added certainty to the company’s cash generation in the medium term.

Balanced against IMPSA’s strengths, Fitch said, are its high leverage, its sound capital needs to finance project developments, and the concentration of cash flow in a few large projects in developing countries, namely Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and Malaysia. Fitch said a sudden downturn in key markets could negatively affect IMPSA.


Canada to refurbish Afghan dam

The government of Canada plans to increase aid to Afghanistan over the next three years and shift its focus from military activity to development, including rehabilitation of Dahla Dam, the country’s second largest.

Canada said June 10 it plans to invest C$50 million (US$48.9 million) over three years to refurbish the dam and irrigation system as a “signature project” of Canada’s aid to Afghanistan. Built in the 1950s, Dahla has three small hydro generators rendered only partly operable due to wear and tear, and silting of the reservoir.

Total Canadian aid for the ten-year period 2001-2011 will increase to C$1.9 billion (US$1.8 billion) from a previously announced C$1.3 billion (US$1.2 billion), with C$280 million (US$274 million) a year being spent over the next three years, a statement said.

Funding also will go to two other signature projects, construction or repair of 50 schools and expanded polio immunization. Efforts will center on Kandahar Province, a center of Canadian military occupation.

Repairs to Dahla Dam include replacing generators and repairing valves to improve control of water flow. Work also includes fixing gates to control Arghandab River flows into the irrigation canal system. Canals also are to be repaired and desilted.


Funds to expand Madagascar’s Andekaleka

The European Investment Bank signed a 24.5 million euro (US$38.2 million) loan agreement June 6 to finance installation of two additional turbine-generators at Madagascar’s 58-mw Andekaleka hydroelectric project.

Energy and Mines Minister Elise Razaka, who participated in the signing, said the units would increase Andekaleka to 126 mw.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Kuwait, and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa also are to contribute to doubling capacity of the hydro project 125 kilometers east of Antananarivo.


Voith Siemens equips Chile’s 163.2-mw La Confluencia

Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation is supplying generating equipment for construction of the 163.2-mw La Confluencia hydroelectric project in central Chile.

Pacific Hydro Ltd. of Australia and Statkraft Norfund Power Invest of Norway (SN Power) began construction of the US$350 million project in January.

Under a 38.4 million euro (US$59.6 million) contract, Voith Siemens is supplying two 81.6 mw Francis turbines and generators with a nominal rated output of 95.6 megavolt-amperes.

It also is supplying spherical valves, automation, mechanical and electrical balance of plant equipment, and other electro-mechanical auxiliaries. The contract also includes a substation, assembly, and supervision of commissioning.

The project is to begin operating in 2010.


South Africa awards upgrade for 360-mw Gariep

South African utility Eskom awarded a contract for refurbishment and upgrade of four generators at the 360-mw Gariep hydroelectric project on the Orange River.

Eskom Generation awarded the 22 million euro (US$33.9 million) contract to Alstom Hydro to refurbish the units of Gariep, which was built in the 1970s. Alstom Hydro said the work would extend the life of the machines, increase their output to 112 megavolt-amperes (mva) from 100 mva, and increase plant availability.

Eskom originally planned to conduct generator refurbishments as normal maintenance at Gariep, which includes South Africa’s largest reservoir. However, it embarked on a feasibility study to identify requirements for a complete unit capacity upgrade.

Alstom Hydro said the work includes replacement of stator frames, stator cores, stator windings, and rotor windings.


EDB wins controlling stake in 902.5-mw Luis Eduardo Magalhaes

Utility Energias do Brasil (EDB) acquired a controlling stake in the 902.5-mw Luis Eduardo Magalhaes hydroelectric project at Lajeado on the Tocantins River in Brazil’s Tocantins State.

EDB’s parent firm, Energias de Portugal (EDP), said the agreement was executed June 19 with Grupo Rede, one of EDP’s partners in developing Magalhaes.

EDB agreed to trade its ownership of Mato Grosso do Sul State distribution utility Empresa Energetica do Mato Grosso do Sul (Enersul) for Grupo Rede’s controlling stake in Investco, which operates the hydro project. The deal is subject to approval of Brazil electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica and to other contractual and governance procedures.

The agreement allows EDB to consolidate its position in Investco, increasing its voting stake to 73 percent from 27.65 percent.

“This swap will allow EDB to raise its generation capacity to 1,700 mw from the current 1,000 mw on the basis of an asset that we know and has no risks,” EDP Chief Executive Antonio Mexia said.

Magalhaes is operated under a 35-year concession.



Developer Yedigoze Elektrik Uretim ve Ticaret A.S. (YEUT) awarded a contract to Alstom Hydro to supply turbine-generators for the 320-mw Yedigoze hydroelectric project on Turkey’s Seyhan River. YEUT, owned by Sanko Group of Turkey, named Alstom Hydro for design, manufacturing, installation, supervision, and commissioning of two 160-mw turbine-generators for Yedigoze.

The ABB power and automation technology group is performing a control system upgrade for five New Zealand hydroelectric projects totaling 501 mw that are operated by Genesis Energy. The utility awarded a NZ$9.8 million (US$7.6 million) contract to ABB for the system upgrade at 240-mw Tokaanu, 120-mw Rangipo, 60-mw Tuai, 44-mw Piripaua, and 37-mw Kaitawa.

Cameroon utility AES SONEL awarded a contract to VA Tech Hydro AG to refurbish the 263-mw Edea hydroelectric project on Cameroon’s Sanaga River. The Swiss unit of Andritz VA Tech Hydro received a contract worth 48.15 million euros (US$74.97 million) for design-build refurbishment of Edea.

Vietnam hydro plant builder Cavico Corp. won a fifth construction contract for the 75-mw Dambri hydro project, agreeing to build a rolling weir in 30 months. Cavico said the US$3.12 million contract brings its total awards for Dambri to more than US$37 million.