Alstom bags three India hydro projects and China green award

July 21, 2011

French heavy engineering firm Alstom's profile has received a substantial boost in Asia, following an award for a green transformer plant in China and the announcement of three hydropower projects in India.

The three deals in India are valued at INR 270 crore (USD60.8 million) and split between Dans Energy's 97-MW Tashiding hydroelectric project in Sikkim, NSL Power's 100-MW Tidong-I hydro project in Himachal Pradesh and Haridwar Infrastructure's 96-MW project also in Sikkim.

The company said all the equipment would be manufactured at Alstom's Vadodara facility in Gujarat. "With these contracts, Alstom will be able to support the government's initiative in developing the power industry as a whole and hydro in particular as part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions," Alstom Projects India managing director and vice chairman Francois Carpentier said.

It was also announced that a joint venture between Alstom Grid and the Shanghai Electric Group (SEC) won a 2011 National Investment Projects Excellence Award from the Investment Association of China. The award is recognition for the success of the SEC Alstom Wuhan Transformers (SAWT) green transformer plant.

SAWT is one of the most advanced ultra high voltage transformer plants in the world, it is able to design, manufacture and test alternating current transformers up to 1,200kV and high voltage direct current transformers up to 1,100kV.

Its green credentials included environmentally friendly materials for the office and factory construction, solar energy for exterior lighting and recycled waste steam for heating. The plant uses no boiler or diesel generators and utilises a rainwater collection system to save water.