MONTREAL, July 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Alstom, a world leader in the supply of hydropower equipment and services, has signed a contract with Kiewit Alarie Partnership (KAP) to supply three turbine generator sets to Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Lower Mattagami Project in Northern Ontario. KAP is a partnership between two of the largest construction firms operating in Canada - Peter Kiewit & Sons Co. (Kiewit) and Leo Alarie and Sons Construction Ltd. of Timmins, a subsidiary of the Aecon Infrastructure Group (Aecon) - and is the design build contractor for OPG's Lower Mattagami Project. This contract, worth over CAN$110 million, was booked in fiscal year 2009/10. OPG is one of the largest producers of electricity in North America.
Under the contract, Alstom will supply three hydro turbine generator sets at the new Smoky Falls Generating Station that will replace the existing station, thus significantly optimizing water utilization. When installed, the new turbine generators will have a combined capacity of 267 MW. Smoky Falls Generating Station is one of four stations to be redeveloped as part of OPG's CAN$2.6 billion Lower Mattagami Project.
Under the terms and conditions of this contract, Alstom will design and supply three new generating units, including propeller turbines, vertical generators, static excitation systems, speed governor systems, and protection and control systems. Alstom will provide a complete turnkey package, including installation and commissioning of the units, which is planned for the end of 2013.
Core components such as turbine runners and generator bars will be manufactured at Alstom's facility in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, into which Alstom has invested heavily in recent years to address the growing North American hydro market.
Canada is one of the world's largest producers of hydropower electricity with 475 hydropower plants providing more than 71,000 MW. Canadian hydropower supplies 60% of the country's electricity needs and 13% of worldwide hydropower generation each year. Hydropower generation is produced mainly in Quebec, Newfoundland, Ontario, Manitoba and British Colombia.
With a long history of experience in Canada, Alstom has been involved in many other projects such as Pine Falls (Manitoba Hydro, 2009/10), Shipshaw Unit 5 (Rio Tinto Alcan, 2009/10), R.H. Saunders (OPG, 2009/10), and recently signed a contract with Hydro-Québec for La Romaine II (2010).
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 96,500 people in more than 70 countries, and had sales of over (euro)23 billion* in 2009/10. In the hydro market, Alstom has over 400 GW of turbines and generators installed worldwide, which represents around 25% of the total global hydropower installed capacity. As the world leader in the supply of hydropower equipment & services, Alstom offers products and turnkey solutions that cover all hydropower schemes, from large to small, from run-of-river to pumped-storage. With more than 7000 employees working for the hydropower activity in 19 countries, Alstom offers the broadest range of products and services for new installations, refurbishment, upgrading and services.
*Pro forma figures
SOURCE ALSTOM CANADA INC.
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