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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.