Alstom has won a contract from GVK Power and Infrastructure to supply hydro turbines for the 850MW Ratle hydropower plant in Jammu and Kashmir in India.
The contract valued at €100m ($136m) calls for the supply of four Francis turbines of 205MW each and one 30MW Francis turbine to the project located on the River Chenab near Drabshala in the Kishtwar District.
GVK commenced construction on the project on 25 June 2013.
Alstom will manufacture all the necessary equipment for the project at its facility in Vadodara, Gujarat.
GVK previously secured a contract from the Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation, on behalf of the state’s Power Development Department (PDD), to construct the project, which is likely to generate around 3,220 million units of energy in a 90% dependable year.
In June 2010, GVK, PDD and the state government signed a power purchase agreement for the project, which is the first in the state to be awarded in tariff-based international bidding to execute on BOOT basis for a 35-year period.
The project calls for the construction of a 195m-long and 133m-high concrete gravity dam with a 168m-long, 24.5m-wide and 49m-deep underground power house cavern featuring five generating units (turbines).
The project has already secured the necessary regulatory approvals including techno economic clearance from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), environmental-related clearances from the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests and from the state government.
Image: Alstom Vadodara hydro factory in India to manufacture equipment for Ratle hydro plant. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.