Its local unit, andritz Hydro Brasil, received the order worth approximately Euro170M (US$236M) from project concessionaire Energia Sustentavel do Brasil (Enersus).

Andritz said in a statement that it is to supply eight bulb turbines, each of 76.55MW capacity, as well as generators and 28 voltage regulators. It is also to supervise installation and commissioning of the equipment.

Start-up of the first unit is scheduled for mid-2012, it added.

The 3300MW Jirau project is under construction on the river Madeira in west Brazil. It will have 44 units.

The concessionaire is a consortium led by GDF Suez and includes Brazilian energy utilities Eletrosul and Chesf plus local construction group Camargo Correa.

Late last year alstom Hydro announced that it was part of a consortium including Andritz and Voith that is to supply a total of 28 units to the project. Alstom said it would supply 10 turbines, 17 generators and all the governors for the contract.

Jirau is part of a the 6450MW Madeira scheme, which also includes construction of the 3150MW Santo Antonio project that is being built by a consortium led by utility Furnas and construction group Odebrecht.