Alstom has won two contracts, worth a total of US$23.8M, to supply equipment for two new hydroelectric plants being built on the western coast of Norway.

The contracts, with Norwegian metal producer ELKEM Saudefaldene, are part of the Sauda project to replace several old hydroelectric power installations in the region with two new ones – Sønnå and Dalvatn. As soon as the new plants start running, the old ones, some of which were built as early as 1919, will be closed down.

ELKEM Saudefaldene will use power produced by the new installations for its metal smelting activities.

For the larger of the two plants, Sønnå, Alstom will supply an electric package consisting of two 120MVA and one 70MVA generators, balance of plant, instrumentation and control systems. For the smaller Dalvatn plant, the company will supply, on a turnkey basis, a 10MW turbine/generator unit, balance of plant and a control system.

Alstom’s hydroelectric unit in Norway will lead the project, carry out the complete systems work and provide site erection services. The equipment will be manufactured at Alstom factories in Europe.

Dalvatn is due to come online in September 2006 and Sønnå will be ready for operation in the first half of 2008.