PARIS—ALSTOM, leading the CEITAIPU consortium, has won the international bid for design, production, erection and commissioning of the last two generating units in Itaipu. One of these units will be generating at 60 Hz and the other at 50 Hz, with an individual capacity of 700 MW each. Consequently, the Itaipu hydro power plant will increase its installed capacity from 12,600 MW to 14,000 MW.

The Itaipu hydroelectric power plant, the largest in operation worldwide, is a project developed by Brazil and Paraguay in Rio Parana after the signature of the Treaty of Itaipu in 1973. Construction began in 1974 and the last unit entered operation in May 1991.

ALSTOM is the leading producer of hydro power generating units worldwide and in Brazil, where it has equipped the Itaipu, Tucurui, Foz do Areia, Ita and Machadinho power plants. ALSTOM is also currently supplying eight turbine generators for the Three Gorges hydro project in China.

ALSTOM is the global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure. The company serves the energy market through its activities in the fields of power generation, power transmission and distribution, power conversion and electrical contracting and the transport market through its activities in rail and marine. Following the full integration of the power generation activities, ALSTOM has annual sales in excess of 20 billion euros and employs more than 140,000 people in over 70 countries.