India state names Alstom Hydro to equip 240-MW Lower Jurala

State-owned Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corp. (APGENCO) has awarded a contract to Alstom Hydro for turnkey supply of equipment to the 240-MW Lower Jurala hydroelectric project on the Krishna River.

Alstom Hydro said November 11 the 78 million euro (US$97.5 million) contract calls for design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of six 40-MW bulb turbine-generators and auxiliary equipment. Alstom Hydro’s local unit in Vadodara, India, is in charge of project execution, which is to be completed in five years.

Lower Jurala is being built 7.9 kilometers downstream from the 234-MW Priyadarshini Jurala project in Mahaboobnagar District of Andhra Pradesh State. (HNN 12/4/07) It is designed to maximize power production by utilizing discharges of Priyadarshini Jurala as well as flood discharges during monsoon season.

Alstom launches technology center at Vadodara

Alstom Hydro also announced it inaugurated a Global Technology Center for hydroelectricity at its Vadodara hydropower manufacturing site in India’s Gujurat State.

The center is to focus on testing Pelton turbines, commonly used in the Himalayan region, and analyzing sand erosion, a key issue in the Indian hydro market.

�By focusing on the specific issues of the Indian hydro market, the new global Technology Center at Vadodara will enable Alstom to adapt more quickly to the needs of its customers while remaining at the forefront of turbine innovation,� Alstom Hydro President Philippe Cochet said.

Researchers at Vadodara are to work closely with Alstom’s Global Technology Center in Grenoble, France. (HNN 5/19/08)

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