Coal, Hydroelectric

New Chinese hydro plant to use GE turbines

30 October 2006 — GE Energy technology has been selected for a new, 300-MW class hydropower plant to be located on the Bing Lang Jiang River in Baoshan City, Yunnan Province, China.

The Su Jia He Kou Hydro Power Plant will feature three high-head, vertical Francis hydro turbine-generators, each with a maximum 105-MW output, to be manufactured at GE Hydro Asia Co., Ltd.’s facility in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. Owner of the new power plant is Yunnan Baoshan Bing Lang Jiang Hydro Power Development Co., Ltd. The power will be provided to China’s national electric grid.

The hydro turbines for the Su Jia He Kou project will have GE’s runner technology, which has evolved from runners that GE first supplied for the Lubuge project in Yunnan Province in 1985. The new runner is designed for more stable and reliable operation over an extended period of time.

Shipment of the equipment to the Su Jia He Kou project site is scheduled to begin in February of 2008, with the first unit expected to enter commercial operation by June of 2009.