A consortium led by Alstom has secured a €30m contract to supply equipment to the Shuakhevi hydropower project located in Georgia.

The consortium includes Alstom India, Alstom Power ve Ulasim (Alstom Turkey), GES Genel Elektrik Sistemleri Yapim ve Muhendislik (GES Turkey) and GES Georgia. Of the €30m contract, Alstom’s share is approximately €20m.

Under the contract, Alstom will supply and install electro-mechanical equipment that includes two vertical Francis turbines of 89.3MW, two three-phase vertical shaft generators with salient pole design, governors and spherical type main inlet valves.

The company will also supply two three-phase generator step up transformers, 220kV gas insulated switchyard, and an overhead electric crane, with complete mechanical and electrical balance-of-plant equipment.

Alstom will manufacture the main turbines and generators at its Vadodara hydro manufacturing facility in Gujarat, India, while electrical and mechanical balance-of-plant items will be made at its sites in India and Turkey.

Alstom’s Hydro business chief operating officer Jacques Hardelay noted that as supplier for this project, the company is proud to help Georgia in reducing its carbon footprint through renewable power generation.

"The project will supply Georgia and Turkey with clean renewable energy to meet the peak electricity demand during winter."

"Alstom will therefore use its technological expertise on this project and will continue to seek new opportunities to challenge the boundaries through technology and innovation," Hardelay said.

Adjaristsqali Georgia, a consortium of Clean Energy Invest, Tata Power and the International Financing Corporation, is developing the Shuakhevi hydropower project. The 178.6MW project is part of one of the largest foreign direct investment projects in Georgia to date.

The project, which is likely to be commissioned in 2016, will supply Georgia and Turkey with clean renewable energy to meet the peak electricity demand during winter.

Adjaristsqali Georgia is likely to develop three hydropower projects (Shuakhevi, Koromkheti and Kertvisi) in the near future with an average annual production of 500GWh to 1,200GWh. Of the three, Shuakhevi is the first project.

Image: Alstom to supply Francis turbine for Shuakhevi hydropower project. Photo: courtesy of Alstom