The unit will be responsible for production of power equipment to Santo Antonio power plant in Madeira river, Brazil. Investment in the plant is approximately EUR37m and 400 jobs are created.

IMMA operates now with 90% of its installed capacity on 33,000sqmt of built area. It is equipped with machine tools, cutting area, boiler, welding, machining, mechanical assembly, jet blasting and painting. It is capable to produce 12,000 tons of equipment per year, representing 50,000 hours of work per month, the companies said.

The plant is already producing floodgates, cofferdams and cranes of the powerhouse of Santo Antonio hydro plant and, during this month, IMMA will deliver the first structural beams of the main overhead crane (250 tons) for its powerhouse.

Marcos Costa, head of Alstom Power Brazil and Latin America, said: “The opening of IMMA represents the beginning of a new chapter in economic history of Brazil. After a long period without large investments, the state of Rondonia is in full expansion phase, which increases the potential for new markets.

“In addition, the plant led to the formation of the workforce of the local population, through the Guapore Project. This means that Alstom confirms its interest and confidence in the market.”