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Alstom to supply turbines for 850MW India hydropower plant

India’s GVK Power awards French firm Alstom contract to equip Ratle hydropower plant with 205MW Francis turbines in Kishtwar district

The contract includes the supply of four 205MW Francis turbines

French firm Alstom is to supply turbines for an 850MW hydropower plant in India.

The company has been awarded a contract worth over EUR 100m by Indian firm GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd to equip the 850MW Ratle hydropower plant, which will be commissioned in 2017. The contract includes the supply of four 205MW Francis turbines. The contract is booked in the second quarter of the current fiscal year.

The news follows on from Alstom inaugurating its largest hydropower industrial site in Tianjin, China, in September. 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.

All equipment will be manufactured at Alstom's Vadodara facility in Gujarat, one of the company's largest hydro manufacturing hubs worldwide. Alstom said the state-of-the-art facility has all the necessary resources to accommodate the growing hydro demands in India.

Patrick Ledermann, managing director & vice chairman, Alstom India, said: "This contract is a testimony to the quality of the long standing relationship built over the last 15 years by Alstom and GVK. Alstom India is committed to provide sustainable and emission-free solutions for the development of India's clean power generation capacity. We are happy to be supporting the country's plan to further incorporate renewable energy into its energy mix."

Located on the Chenab River, Ratle is Alstom's first major project in the Kishtwar district. This is also currently the largest power project being set up in the state of Jammu & Kashmir which faces an ever-increasing power demand.

With almost 150GW of exploitable hydro-potential as shown by the assessment made by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), India ranks 5th in the world.