Voith has secured a €365m contract to supply generating machines to Wudongde hydropower station in China.
Under the contract, Voith will supply six hydroelectric turbine generator units and auxiliary parts with a total installed capacity of 5,100MW.
Said to be the country’s fourth largest hydropower station, the Wudongde project is being constructed by CTG in the lower reaches of the Jinsha river, the region of Huidong county, Sichuan province and Luquan county, Yunnan province.
With 12 850MW Francis power generators, the project will have a total installed capacity of 10,200MW.
Voith said that the turbine generator units for Wudongde will be amongst the largest worldwide. Also, it will be the largest it has supplied so far in terms of power output.
Construction was approved by the Chinese Government in December 2015.
Once operational in 2020, the Wudongde project is expected to generate 38.9 billion kWh of clean electricity every year.
The project will contribute to savings of 12.2 million tonnes of standard coal and 30.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum.
It is said to play a key role in the West-East Power Transmission programme that is aimed to transmit clean power from Western China to the economically busy Guangdong province and other coastal areas, promoting sustainable economic growth in the country.
Voith Hydro president and CEO Uwe Wehnhardt said: "Voith is very proud to be a part of this exciting and important hydropower project and continues to contribute to China’s renewable energy development."
Voith has supplied more than 240 power units to 80 hydropower stations in China to date.
China currently has around 330GW of installed hydropower capacity. In 2014 alone, the country added 21.85GW.
Image: Voith’s Francis-Turbine for hydropower projects. Photo: courtesy of Voith GmbH.