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Alstom inaugurates its largest hydropower industrial site in China

French firm’s 100m Tianjin facility represents “key milestone” for Alstom’s hydropower developments in BRIC country

The Alstom Tianjin hydropower site in China
The Tianjin site is Alstom’s largest hydropower industrial site in China

French hydro tech leader Alstom has inaugurated its largest hydropower industrial site in Tianjin, China. The world leading hydropower equipment supplier and service provider said the EUR 100m facility represents a "key milestone" for Alstom's hydro developments in the BRIC country.

The "world class" 250,000sq m hydro facility aims to further tap into China's increasing hydropower needs, Alstom said. It is also set to play a "pivotal role" in growing Alstom's hydropower business in China and allow the company to accelerate in its contribution to hydro in the BRIC country.

The news follows Alstom in August supplying from the Tianjin site, four 800MW class units - the world's most powerful hydroelectric generating units - to China's Xiangjiaba hydropower plant.

Patrick Kron, chairman and Alstom CEO, said: "As a global leader in power generation, Alstom has used its advanced and reliable technological expertise to equip many important power projects in China. The inauguration of the Tianjin site represents a key milestone for Alstom's development in the country. This world class factory will allow us to accelerate Alstom's contribution to China's sustainable development."

Jérôme Pécresse, president of Alstom's Renewable Power, added: "The new site illustrates Alstom's commitment to bring our technology strengths and innovations to local customers. Tianjin site now offers a hydropower full value chain with a complete array of activities. It will play a pivotal role in the future growth of Alstom in China and the Southeast Asia market."

Global hydro technology centre

The inauguration of the Tianjin site marks the completion of an upgrade programme. This includes an upgrade of the existing hydropower industrial facility and the construction of a new production area, as well as a global technology centre (GTC).

Alstom said the GTC will address the research and development needs of the Asian market for all types of hydropower equipment. Its major activities include R&D in mechanics, hydraulics and electrical disciplines for hydropower turbines and generators, as well as scale model tests of Francis and Kaplan turbines. The new GTC in Tianjin is part of Alstom's global R&D network and closely linked with its European teams notably in Grenoble, France.