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France firm adds 110MW to India hydro projects in east district

Alstom delivers two 55MW units to Chuzachen hydro power plant in Sikkim where three more hydro projects are underway

Alstom said it is committed to providing solutions to meet the needs and challenges of the India hydro market

A France firm has added 110MW of hydro technology to a project in an India district where three other hydro power plants are being developed. The India arm of Alstom, which has headquarters in Levallois-Perret Cedex, France, has achieved the synchronization and full load of two 55MW units of the India hydro power plant project, Chuzachen, located in the BRIC country's east district Sikkim. This provides another major hydro boost to the district where the three India hydro projects, Teesta VI, Jorethang Loop HEP and Dikchu, are already being developed.

With a total of 110MW, the two hydro technology units have already been handed over to India firm GATI Infrastructure, which declared the start of the commercial operation on 16 May 2013. Alstom was awarded the 110MW Chuzachen HEP contract by Gati Infrastructure in 2007.

The latest India development for Alstom follows the France firm's involvement in hydro projects in Brazil this year. The firm was selected by Energias do Brazil to supply all electromechanical equipment to the 220MW hydro power plant Cachoeira Caldeirão, in the BRIC country, in April.

Key achievement for India hydro

Alstom said the scope of work at the India hydro plant Chuzachen has included turnkey execution of an electro-mechanical package comprising of hydro power turbines, generators, BOP (Balance of Plant) and auxiliaries. Alstom's hydro unit based in India city Vadodara has executed the work for the project.

Alstom said the commissioning of the India hydro power project is a "key achievement" for the company as it will serve as a strong reference for the hydro major in the region where it is executing the three hydro projects, Teesta VI, Jorethang Loop HEP and Dikchu.

Frederic Teyssedou, unit managing director, Alstom Hydro India, said: "The successful commissioning of the Chuzachen project is a testament of the strong capabilities enjoyed by Alstom in the hydro arena. Hydro power generation is not just the answer to India's ever-surmounting power needs, but also sustainable development by aiding the creation of socio - development infrastructures and direct and indirect employment opportunities in the country. Through the know-how and technological expertise accumulated across the world, Alstom is committed to provide world class products and solutions to meet the needs and challenges of the India hydro market."

Alstom said the Alstom Hydro unit at Vadodara has witnessed continuous growth in the recent years, and will continue to play a vital role in addressing the increased demand for reliable, clean and affordable energy in India and around the world. To date, Alstom's hydro facility in Vadodara has supplied major hydro power generation equipment for various projects in India and abroad. Two-third of the factory's existing capacity caters to the India region, while one-third of the capacity caters to export markets.