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Alstom awarded for turbine delivery to Xiangjiaba hydro plant

China Three Gorges Corporation gives Alstom supplier award for French firm’s delivery of turbine generator units to Xiangjiaba hydropower plant

Alstom hydro turbine generator
An Alstom hydropower generator in China's Xiangjiaba plant machine hall

The China Three Gorges Corporation has awarded French firm Alstom for the delivery of its turbine generators to the Xiangjiaba hydropower plant. The China Three Gorges Corporation has given an Excellent Supplier award to Alstom in recognition of the company’s “outstanding performance in contract execution, excellent quality and on-time delivery” of its hydro turbine generator units and auxiliary equipment for the Xiangjiaba hydropower plant. The hydro plant is located on China’s Jinshajiang River on the border between Tibin and Shifu in the Yunnan Province.

Alstom said the 800MW class units coupled with an 889 MVA generator are the most powerful hydroelectric generating units in the world. Each unit is able to supply the yearly electricity consumption of approximately 5 million people a year.

Once all eight of the 800 MW/889 MVA units come on line, Xiangjiaba will be China’s third highest capacity hydroelectric plant and the world’s seventh highest capacity hydropower plant.

General manager of Alstom Hydro China Fabio Nossaes, said: “This award is an important recognition for the dedication of Alstom’s team towards our customers and the cutting edge technology that drives Alstom clean power solutions. We are very proud to be part of this great project. We hope to continue our cooperation with China Three Gorges Corporation by constantly challenging the boundaries of innovation on the most technically advanced projects in China.”

Alstom designed and manufactured four hydroelectric generating units for the Xiangjiaba underground hydropower plant, which the French firm said were delivered in a record time for such large machines - at an average of one unit every four months. The four units entered commercial operation between November 2012 and June 2013. The units all passed reliability tests in the first phase.

The turbines and generators were manufactured at Alstom’s hydropower industrial facility in Tianjin, China, which officially opened in September 2013. The facility is Alstom’s largest hydropower manufacturing base and a leading supplier of equipment in China and across Asia.