Voith Siemens Hydro Shanghai has delivered the first of seven Francis turbine runners to Longtan Hydropower Development Co. for the 5,005-MW Longtan hydropower project being built on the Hongshui River in China’s Guangxi Province.
The 715-MW runners are being built by the China unit of Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation. Its consortium partner, Dongfang Electrical Machinery Co. of China, is manufacturing the balance of equipment.
Voith Siemens is providing the design, supplying part of the turbines from its Shanghai facility, and managing site manufacture of five of the seven runners. Because the 8-meter-diameter runners are too large to transport to Longtan’s project location, they are being built in a specially erected facility at the project site.
China National Power Corp. signed agreements in 1999 with Guangxi Power Co., Guangxi Development and Investment Co., and Guizhou Province to facilitate construction of the project. Alstom is supplying generator equipment. Main construction began in 2001. The first unit is to begin operation in 2007. (HNN 7/6/06)
Voith Siemens said the final project is to be completed in 2009 with an extension to nine units totaling 6,300 MW.