27 Feb 2002 – Alstom has been awarded an order to supply two GT11N2 gas turbines to Brazil. The order, worth more than €50m, was placed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), of Japan for a power plant to be located in the Caucaia Municipality, near Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. Construction of the plant began in October 2001 and it will enter commercial operation in November 2003.
Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will deliver two GT11N2 gas turbines and two air-cooled turbogenerators to this 311MW combined-cycle power plant, which will be one of the largest thermal power plants in the northeast of Brazil. The plant will substantially contribute to improved availability of electrical energy in a region historically marked by a strong dependence on hydroelectric power, and frequently affected by long periods of drought.
The Fortaleza project, closely following orders for gas turbine-based power plants in Salvador and Camacari, brings Alstom’s contribution to gas-powered electricity generation in the arid northeast region to a total of 850 MW.
In the last eighteen months Alstom has supplied 14 of its 115 MW GT11N2 gas turbines to Brazil. The GT 11N2 fleet has now exceeded a total of 250 000 operating hours and 7200 starts.