Alstom today said it has won two energy management contracts totalling €29m in India and Kuwait. Separately, Alstom has been awarded two hydro projects in Canada and a third in the US.

The company’s transmission and distribution sector confirmed its leading position in the Indian market by clinching a €23m ($21m) deal with state-owned Indian utility PowerGrid to supply a turnkey information and control system to India’s eastern region electricity network.

The contract includes the supply and commissioning of 12 control centres and 164 remote terminal units. This follows similar contracts won by the Energy Management and Markets business of the company in 1998 and 2000 to supply 41 other control centres in India’s Northern Region and North-Eastern Region electricity networks.

The company will supply PowerGrid with its e-terra software, including advanced energy management functions such as operation scheduling, to plan the economical generation of 12 370 MW of power currently produced, a figure which is likely to grow up to 16 660 MW by 2007.

The system will also optimise the operation of the electrical network, which consists of approximately 6500 circuit kms of lines. The benefits for India will include: better use of the available thermal and hydro power; higher load coverage and therefore less load shedding and better quality of power.

The second contract is with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) for new energy management software at the Jahra District Control Centre. Alstom will replace ELENAS generation software already supplied in 1988 with the company’s up-to-date SCADA software, the e-terra range, based on the EMP platform. The €5.9m contract also includes new hardware equipment of the control room and a new telephone exchange system.

Separately, Alstom has been awarded two projects in Canada and a third in the US. The company has signed a contract for approximately €36m with Hydro Quebec to completely refurbish 4 turbines and generators for the Outardes 3 hydro plant in Quebec, Canada. Commissioning of the first unit is planned for the last quarter of 2003 and of the whole project by end of 2006. The refurbishment will enable plant output to be upgraded from the present 760 MW to 1040 MW, an increase of 37 per cent.

Alstom has won another contract valued at about €7m to design and supply 1x 30 MW unit Francis turbine and generator for the Exploit River Hydro Partnership, a joint venture formed by Central Newfoundland Energy and Abitibi Consolidated (the largest Canadian Pulp & Paper producer). Commissioning of the unit is scheduled for the last quarter of 2003.

A refurbishment order worth €44mhas been awarded to Alstom by the Public Utility District Chelan County in the US. Alstom is to supply and install 7 x 120 MVA generator rotors and stators for the Rocky Reach Hydro Power plant. The first unit is scheduled for operation in March 2003 and all units will be fully operational in November 2006. The refurbishment will upgrade the plant output from the present 819 MW to 840 MW.

“Winning these three orders is evidence of Alstom’s strength”, commented Marc Denoncourt, Vice President of Hydro Generators of Alstom Power Sector in Canada. “It demonstrates our capability in providing solutions matching customer needs, especially in the field of the refurbishment business which is a growing market in North America.”