Alstom announced that it received a contract of more than 100 million euros from GVK Power and Infrastructure to equip Ratle hydropower plant (850 MW), India, whose commissioning is scheduled for 2017.
The contract includes the provision of four Francis turbines of 205 MW each, and a 30 MW Francis turbine.
All equipment will be manufactured in the factory in Vadodara, in the state of Gujarat, one of the manufacturing sites of hydroelectric the world’s largest Alstom equipment. This ultramodern plant indeed has all the resources needed to meet the growing demand for hydropower in the country.
“The signing of this contract demonstrates the quality of the relationship built by Alstom and GVK for over fifteen years and our ability to provide sustainable solutions for the development of clean energy in the country. We are pleased to support India towards greater integration of renewables in its energy “mix said Patrick Ledermann, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-President of Alstom in India.
Located on the Chenab river, Ratle becomes the first major Alstom project in the province of Kishtwa. It is also the largest hydroelectric project under construction in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is facing a growing demand for electricity.
India ranks fifth in the world in terms of exploitable hydro resources. According to a study by the CEA (Central Electricity Authority), India has a hydropower potential of 150 GW. It is the second largest economy in the world’s fastest growing and the sixth largest consumer of energy, accounting for 3.4% of global energy consumption.