India firm to equip Vietnam’s 200-MW Nam Chien

Nam Chien Hydropower Joint Stock Co. has awarded a 2 billion rupee (US$47.5 million) contract to India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to equip the 200-MW Nam Chien hydroelectric project in Vietnam.

BHEL said the contract includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, supervision of installation, and commissioning of the complete electro-mechanical package for the project, including two 100-MW Pelton turbine-generators. Other equipment includes transformers, controls, monitoring and protection systems, and switchgear.

Nam Chien is scheduled for completion by the end of 2010 in Muong La District of Son La Province, 350 kilometers north of Hanoi.

The contract was signed in a July 28 ceremony attended by senior officials of the government of Vietnam and India’s ambassador to Vietnam. The contract is funded by the government of India’s line of credit to Vietnam and administered by the Export-Import Bank of India.

Other stakeholders in the project include Vietnam’s Song Da Corp. and Petro Vietnam.

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