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China hydro power subsidiary in 240MW hydroelectric tech deal

Toshiba Hydro Power wins order from China firm Sinohydro Resources to supply three 80MW hydroelectric turbines and generators for Laos plant in Southeast Asia

Toshiba Hydro Power in China will design and manufacture the hydroelectric turbines and generators which total 240MW

A China hydro subsidiary has been selected to supply turbine technology totalling 80MW for a hydro power plant bordering the BRIC country. Toshiba Hydro Power in China, which is a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, has won a major order from China firm Sinohydro Resources to supply three 80MW hydroelectric turbines and generators for the Nam Ou 5 hydro power plant on the River Nam Ou in Laos, Southeast Asia, which borders China.

Toshiba Hydro Power will design and manufacture the hydroelectric turbines and generators and start delivery in January 2014. The first hydro unit is expected to enter operation in December 2015.

Toshiba Hydro Power said the contract was awarded to the company after the comprehensive evaluation of "Toshiba Group's extensive supply experience, advanced technology and high reliability."

Following on from Nam Ngum 2 and Nam Ngiep 2, this is Toshiba Group's third major order for a hydro power plant in Laos.

Toshiba said Laos is using its rich water resources, most notably the Mekong River, to develop hydro power projects. The country exports electricity to neighboring countries, including Thailand and Vietnam. Hydro power plants accounted for all of Laos's almost 2.8GW generation capacity in 2012, a figure that is expected to increase to 12.0GW by 2020, the company said.

Developments in China hydro power have shown an increase over the last year, including the promotion of the renewable energy sector. In January this year, leading hydro power organisations in the UK and China partnered to promote hydro technology in the BRIC country.