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Alstom supplies 207 MW hydropower to Portugal

Alstom and Portuguese engineering company Ensulmeci will supply and install a new hydropower generation unit at the Salamonde dam in Portugal for the Portuguese utility Energias de Portugal (EDP).

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The €55 million contract will see Alstom supplying and installing the entire hydropower unit, consisting of one 207 MW Francis reversible pump turbine, a 244 MVA motor-generator, butterfly valve and other hydromechanical equipment, and mechanical and electrical balance of plant.

Salamonde’s existing units, for which Alstom supplied part of the hydromechanical equipment and carried out a retrofit of the hydropower generators in the 1980s was installed in the 1950s and has an output of 2 x 21 MW. The commissioning of hydropower unit 3 in 2015 will bring total power output of the Salamonde dam up to 250 MW.

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