Voith Hydro to equip China’s 12,600-MW Xiluodu

Voith Hydro has received a contract worth more than 120 million euros (US$163.6 million) to supply turbines and generators to China’s second-largest hydropower project, 12,600-MW Xiluodu.

Xiluodu, on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, also known as the Jinsha River in that area, will be second only to the 22,400-MW Three Gorges Dam downstream when it is finished in 2015 at a cost of more than 50 billion renminbi (US$6.74 billion). The Jinsha was blocked in 2007 to begin construction at a gorge on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. (HNN 11/9/07)

Voith Hydro received a contract from developer China Three Gorges Project Corp. to supply three generators of 855 megavolt-amperes each and three Francis turbines of 784 MW each, totaling 2,352 MW. Voith said the units are to be commissioned in mid-2012.

Xiluodu eventually is to be expanded to 14,480 MW. It is part of the country’s West-East power transmission project, which aims to take electricity from poor areas that are suited to dams to the booming but power-short coastal regions.

Voith Hydro books 500 million euros in current year

Voith Hydro said the Xiluodu contract was part of 500 million euros (US$681.6 million) in global projects that the company booked in the first months of the current fiscal year.

Among other recent major awards, the developer of the 3,300-MW Jirau hydroelectric project awarded a 300 million euro (US$421.8 million) contract to a consortium including Voith Hydro to supply turbine-generators and other equipment to that project on Brazil’s Madeira River. (HNN 2/20/09) Voith Hydro also reported significant refurbishment projects in Europe during the current period. (HNN 3/23/09)

�The market for hydropower stations is driven by two long-term trends,� a Voith Hydro statement said. �One is climate change, which boosts the demand for technologies providing CO2-free power generation. Today, hydropower is the only renewable energy resource that can generate power in large quantities, sufficient enough for running large industrial plants such as steel mills.�

Voith said that characteristic makes hydro attractive to emerging markets such as China and India, which seek growth as well as climate protection.

�The second growth factor for hydropower is the rapidly increasing share of wind energy in electric grids,� the company said. �Power fluctuations caused by varying wind speeds have to be quickly and reliably compensated by suitable backup capacities. Wind and hydropower complement each other perfectly.�

Voith said the new business will create many new �green� jobs, including 600 new jobs in the Voith Hydro Division.

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