Hydro turbines go to China

GE Energy has received a contract worth approximately $37 million to supply three hydro turbines, equipment and services for a new hydropower plant in China.

The Pubugou Hydropower Station, located along the Dadu River in Sichuan Province, is the fifth largest hydropower station in China and the biggest on-going project in Sichuan, with a total installed capacity of 3,300MW. The Pubugou hydropower station will supply electricity primarily for the Sichuan power grid.

Under a contract signed on July 16, 2004, GE will design, manufacture and supply three 560MW Francis hydro turbines for the project. The contract also covers valves, spare parts, special tools, supervision of the installation process, and technical training.

The turbines will be supplied by GE Hydro Asia from its manufacturing facility in Xiaoshan, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. The first GE turbine-generator set is scheduled to begin commercial service in November of 2008, the second in July of 2009 and the third by March of 2010.

GE has been involved in the delivery of 24,500MW of hydropower equipment in China (including its acquisition in 2003 of Kvaerner Hangfa) and is a major participant in the Three Gorges Project.

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