Alstom inaugurates hydro bearing factory in India

Alstom has inaugurated a hydro bearing factory in Vadodara in the state of Gujarat, India, Alstom reported.

The factory will manufacture bearings for medium to large size hydropower projects, including large turbine and generator thrust bearings, guide bearings and shaft seals, to cater to the hydropower sector both in India and abroad.

With an area of over 6,150 square meters, the new site is Alstom’s most advanced bearing production facility. Employing around 200 people, it will reach a full production capacity of 40 sets of bearings and shaft seals per year by 2012 — 2013.

The Vadodara site is also home to one of Alstom’s biggest hydropower manufacturing sites as well as Alstom’s Global Technology Centre (GTC) for the testing of Pelton turbines, commonly used in the Indian hydro market. The GTC develops highly innovative integrated products and technologies for new and rehabilitation projects. The hydro factory recently dispatched the biggest Kaplan Runner for Uganda and delivered the major equipment for India’s largest dam — the 2,000-MW Subansiri hydro project located in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

In other news, China-based Tianjin Alstom Hydro and Hydro China Zhongnan Engineering Corp will provide electro-mechanical equipment and technical services to the Huoi Quang hydroelectric power project in Vietnam’s Son La province, Alstom reported.

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Alstom inaugurates hydropower manufacturing facility in China

Alstom announced it has inaugurated its new hydropower manufacturing facility at Tianjin in China.

The new factory will place Alstom in a better position to supply its customers in China and elsewhere, while offering opportunities for further expansion in China’s healthy hydropower market, which accounts for 22 percent of the country’s electricity generation capacity and is expanding at a rate of 15 GW per year, Alstom reported.

The new site is to be named Alstom Hydro China Co. Ltd (AHC) and will, over time, fully replace Alstom’s original factory in China, Tianjin Alstom Hydro (TAH). Its construction is taking place in two main phases, with phase one already operational. To ensure gradual transition of the workload, Alstom’s existing factory TAH will remain operational until the second phase has been fully completed.

Representing an investment of about 110 million euros (US$156.5 million), AHC is Alstom’s first carbon-neutral manufacturing site in China. Its energy-efficient design includes double insulation, heat recovery systems, a geothermal heating and cooling system that consumes 43 percent less energy, rainwater recycling and solar photovoltaic panels that will provide electricity for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation for the entire factory. In addition, skylights have been installed to take full advantage of natural light.

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