01 November 2007

Amitech will supply a small hydroelectric plant

For the eighth time in the year, Amitech has entered in agreement with a small hydroelectric plant (SHP). In the next months, the company from the State of São Paulo – the biggest Brazilian manufacturer of fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) pipes – will supply 950 meters to the SHP of Nhandu, which is under construction in the city of Guarantã do Norte, in the state of Mato Grosso (MT), by Geraoeste Usinas Elétricas do Oeste.

"We will manufacture FRP pipes with 2,700 mm and 2,900 mm diameters, which will be installed replacing the conventional square galleries of framed concrete. For these conditions of low pressure, the galleries are an expensive solution, and with a longer installation term than the FRP pipes", declares Luciana Paulo, Amitech's Sales Manager.

Four months ago, also in the state of Mato Grosso, Amitech was awarded to supply FRP pipes for the SHP of Pequi and Sucupira, both in the city of Jaciara. "In the case of such projects, the pipelines perform as forced conducts, in other word, they transport water from the reservoir to the machine house, to generate power", says Luciana.

According to the Amitech's Sales Manager, the FRP pipes guarantee several benefits to the SHP´s investors, specially concerning absence of corrosion, very usual issue in the metallic lines. "It ends up by reducing the water flow, which is very complicated for the operation of a SHP", she emphasizes. Luciana also highlights other features, as lightness – it reduces the installation costs – and the easy coupling system with rubber ring. "Without mentioning the high mechanical and chemical resistance levels that characterize such pipelines", she says.
In 2007, the participation of the SHP in the Amitech total sales shall represent 18% – remaining portion will be divided by water treatment and irrigation. "Such percentage tends to increase to 40% in 2008, once we will bid to supply for additional twenty two more SHP that will be built", Luciana calculates.-(JEC)

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