Coal, Hydroelectric

Alstom Hydro to install 500 MW plant in Indian state of Sikkim

23 July 2009 – Alstom Hydro has been awarded a new project with Lanco Infratech Limited, a private business conglomerate based in Gurgaon, India, to install a 500 MW power plant on the Teesta River, in India’s Sikkim region.

The electricity output of the new plant will be connected to the country’s power grid and will help to meet the growing power demand of one of the largest states of India, Maharashtra, one of the country’s major industrial hubs.

The river Teesta, fed by the snow and glaciers of Kanchenjungha and the great Himalayas, originates in north Sikkim at 8400m above sea level. It is a perennial river flowing through the territories of Sikkim, West Bengal and Bangladesh forming the single major river in the state over a river length of 175 km making River Teesta an ideal source for hydropower generation.

Within the scope of this contract, worth approximately EUR40m ($56m), Alstom Hydro will supply 4 x 125 MW Francis turbines and generators, as well as the main inlet valves and control and protection systems.

The contract also includes design, engineering, erection, testing and commissioning. The order will be fully executed by Alstom’s hydro facility in Vadodara, India, with the project scheduled for completion by 2013.

Philippe Cochet, president of Alstom Hydro, said: “Alstom has already installed nearly 6000 MW of the country’s hydro capacity of almost 37 000 MW and is currently building turbines and generators that will provide for as much as an additional 3 GW.”

Among the hydropower plants Alstom is currently installing in India are Lower Jurala (6 x 40 MW Bulb & generators), Chamera (3 x 77 MW Francis and generators), Uri-II (4 x 60 MW Francis), Chuzachen (2 x 55 MW Francis) and Subansiri (8 x 250 MW Francis and generators).