Alstom to invest $16.4m in Portugal turbine manufacturing facility

Alstom plans to invest $16.4 million in expanding and upgrading the technical capabilities of the company's Setubal, Portugal natural gas-fired turbine manufacturing facility, which will create 130 direct and indirect jobs in the region. Alstom's Setubal unit manufactures heat recovery steam generators for gas-fired power plants condensers and other pressure parts for conventional power plants.

Alstom is now diversifying its industrial activities in Setubal by expanding the scope of the workshop to manufacture condensers and moisture separator reheaters to be used in the conventional island of nuclear power plants. Setubal's direct access to the sea makes it an ideal manufacturing location for this equipment.

The technical conditions of the factory are also being enhanced to manufacture the new equipment scheduled to begin from mid-2013, and it will be exported for Alstom's nuclear projects worldwide. The building work will commence in May 2012 and is expected to take a year to complete.