A total of 28 bulb turbine-generators, each 75MW capacity, are to be supplied by the consortium. The plant will have 44 units when completed, and the first units are to be commissioned from 2012.

alstom Hydro said its contract was worth more that Euro300M (US$420M), and was awarded by the GDF Suez-led project developer. It is to supply 10 turbines, 17 generators and all of the associated governors for the 28 units.

The project developer, known as Energia Sustentavel do Brasil, is led by GDF Suez (50.1%) and includes Chesf (20%), Eletrosul (20%) and Camargo Correa (9.9%).

A few months ago, alstom-hydro announced separately the value of its contract to supply electro-mechanical equipment and hydro-mechanical equipment on the Jirau’s sister project – the 3150MW Santo Antonio project on the 6450MW Madeira scheme under construction in western Brazil.

The contract is worth approximately Euro500M (US$700M). The concessionaire joint venture is led by Odebrecht, which awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. Alstom Hydro is a member of the concession JV and previously said it would supply 19 turbines and 22 generators to the Santo Antonio project which, like Jirau, will have 44 units.

alstom Hydro is a JV of French companies Alstom and Bouygues.

Separately, andritz announced the award of a contract to supply a share of the bulb turbine-generators and other equipment for Santo Antonio. It said the contract was valued at approximately Euro250M (US$350M) and would see it supply 12 units plus 24 voltage regulating systems.