Chinese buy a power supply

GE Energy has received a $7.8 million contract to supply three turbine-generator sets for the Liuhong Hydropower Station, a new facility to be built on the Meigu River in Sichuan Province, China.

The plant will have an installed capacity of 180 megawatts, and is expected to supply 797 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year to China’s power grid.

GE will design, manufacture and supply three Francis hydro turbine-generators, each with an output of 60 megawatts. The scope of the contract also includes valves, spare parts, and supervision of the installation of the three units.

The equipment will be manufactured by GE Hydro Asia (GEHA) in Hangzhou, China. The first turbine-generator unit and related spare parts will be shipped from Hangzhou in May of 2005 and the last unit in May of 2006.

The first unit is scheduled to start commercial operation by September 30, 2006, the second by December 30, 2006 and the third by March 30, 2007.

Following the Liuhong project, four other hydropower plants are planned for the Meigu River, with a total installed capacity of 457 megawatts.

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