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Swiss firm finishes hydro project in India

Alstom successfully completes Chamera III hydro plant

The plant will boost hydro power in India
The plant will boost hydro power in India

A Swiss energy company has completed a turnkey hydro power project in India. Alstom has achieved the synchronization and full load of three 77 MW units at the Chamera III hydro plant, which has been built on the river Ravi in Himachal Pradesh. India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corporation has commissioned the units and started commercial operation.

According to Alstom, the three “Francis vertical turbines” at the plant recorded a rated speed of 333 rotations per minute in a record time of less than 10 hours. The company claims this sets a benchmark within the Indian hydro sector for the spinning of turbines. 

The Alstom Vadodara unit, which is located in Vadodara, India, designed, manufactured and supplied the turbine technology for the plant, including the generator and control and protection system. 

Alstom said: “The Chamera stage-III project, a run-of-the-river scheme, will generate 1108 million units annually during a 90 per cent dependable year. The power currently generated by this project provides additional power capacity to the Northern Grid to meet the nation’s developing demand, and thus feeding Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.”

Alain Spohr, unit managing director at Alstom Hydro India, said: “Hydroelectric power is essential to achieve the ambitious goal of the Indian government to expand the “Twelfth Plan” to 90000 MW. Alstom worked very closely with the customer and we are pleased to announce the successful completion of the Chamera III project, which has further enhanced our reputation in India and the Middle East.” 

Alstom is also considering hydro in China, having announced plans to build a global technology centre in Tianjin’s hydro industrial facility.

Alstom said: “Tianjin technical center will adopt the common platform for product development in use across all Alstom’s Hydro R&D facilities around the world. Through effective international collaboration and with the support of local service centres in 100 countries, the Tianjin Global Technology Centre will be able to better meet the needs of Chinese and global markets, and to develop local R&D expertise.”