Alstom has been awarded a contract worth approximately €50m by utility Hydro-Québec to modernise the Robert-Bourassa generating facility in Canada, bringing a substantial increase to the plant’s efficiency.

Consisting of 16 units with a total power generation capacity of 5616 MW, Centrale Robert-Bourassa is the world’s largest underground generating station.

The dam is located on the La Grande River in northern Quebec and one of the facilities of Hydro-Quebec’s James Bay project. Together with the La Grande 2-A generating station, the two plants account for over 20 per cent of Hydro-Quebec’s installed capacity.

Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will design, manufacture and deliver four new 333 MW Francis turbine runners for units 1-4 of the dam, and carry out the complete refurbishment and modernisation of two turbine-generator groups.

The contract also includes an option for the supply of four more runners for units 4-8 and the refurbishment and modernization of six more turbine-generator units.

” Centrale Robert-Bourassa is strategically important for the province of Quebec and it is therefore a source of pride for Alstom to have been selected for this project. This contract further strengthens our long standing and excellent relationship with Hydro Quebec ” said Jérôme Pécresse, President, Alstom Renewable Power, and Senior Vice-President Alstom Hydro.

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