GE Energy has received a contract of nearly $35 million to supply four turbine-generator sets for the new Xi Xia Yuan hydroelectric facility on the Yellow River in Henan Province, in the northeastern region of People’s Republic of China.
The plant, which is being built by the Yellow River Water & Hydropower Development Corporation (YRWHDC), will be located in Luoyang City, one of China’s seven ancient capitals.
Xi Xia Yuan will have an installed capacity of 144MW and is expected to provide 583 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. It is one of several hydroelectric facilities planned by the Chinese government to increase its electrical supply to meet growing industrial and private demand.
Xi Xia Yuan, along with the Xiaolangdi water conservancy project, completes one of the Yellow River cascade hydropower projects proposed in the Yellow River basin development plan of 1997. The benefits from the Xi Xia Yuan facility will be reverse regulation of water, power generation, irrigation and water supply for farmland.
GE Energy will design, manufacture and supply four 36MW Kaplan turbines; four sets of governors; four 35MW vertical generators; and four sets each of excitation systems and unit automation elements. The scope of the contract also includes a model test, site service, equipment transportation, training, spare parts and special tools.
The turbine-generator sets and related parts will be shipped to the site between January 2005 and August 2007. Three of the units will begin commercial operation between June and December 2007, while the fourth unit will begin in March 2008.
The equipment will be manufactured by GE Hydro Asia from its manufacturing facility in Xiaoshan, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.