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Alstom, Hydrochina secure major Vietnam hydro power deal

CTBR Staff Writer Published 14 January 2013

Alstom and its partner, Hydrochina Zhongnan Engineering, have secured a contract worth €90m from Vietnam Electricity (EVN) to provide electro-mechanical equipment to 1,200MW Lai Chau hydro power plant in Vietnam.

The contract includes delivery, supervision of erection, testing and commissioning of three Francis 400 MW turbine and generator sets, in addition to mechanical and electrical auxiliaries at the plant, which is located on the Da River in Lai Chau.

The French multinational conglomerate Alstom's hydropower industrial facility at Tianjin in China will manufacture three turbine and generator sets. Alstom's share in this deal is worth €60m.

Construction of the Lai Chau hydro power plant began in January 2011 and is likely to be completed by 2017. Once completed, it will be the third largest hydro plant in Vietnam, generating over 4.7 billion kWh annually to the national grid.

This project is expected to boost water supply for downstream areas in addition to river navigation and water supply for agriculture in the Lai Chau province.

Alstom Renewable Power president Jérôme Pécresse said that the success of the deal will further support the company's partnership with EVN.

Alstom recently secured contracts for 520 MW Hoi Quang and 156 MW Song Bung 4 hydro power plants. In September 2012, the company announced the successful grid synchronisation of the sixth and last turbine and generator set of the 2,400MW Son La power plant, which is considered to be the largest hydropower plant in Vietnam and South East Asia.