Alstom and its consortium partner, Hydrochina Zhongnan Engineering Corp, have signed a contract worth over €90 million with Vietnam Electricity (EVN) to provide the electro-mechanical equipment of the 1,200 MW Lai Chau hydropower plant located on the Da River, in Lai Chau Province. Alstom’s share in the contract is worth over €60 million.
The scope of the contract includes the delivery, supervision of erection, testing and commissioning of three Francis 400 MW turbine & generator sets as well as mechanical and electrical auxiliaries.
The equipment will be manufactured at Alstom’s hydropower industrial facility in Tianjin in China. The facility is Alstom’s largest hydropower manufacturing base and a leading supplier of equipment in China and across Asia, a region which has the biggest opportunities for hydro power infrastructure development.
Construction of the Lai Chau hydropower plant began in January 2011 and is expected to be completed in 2017. The plant will be the third largest hydro plant in Vietnam, generating more than 4.7 billion kWh every year to the national grid.
The project will also improve the irrigation water supply for downstream areas, especially in the dry season as well as river navigation and water supply for agriculture, among other socio-economic factors in the Lai Chau province.
Jérôme Pécresse, President of Alstom Renewable Power said, “This success further reinforces our already long and successful partnership with EVN. Alstom is pleased to contribute to Vietnam’s strong socio-economic development by meeting significant growth in energy demands.”
Present in Vietnam for more than 20 years, Alstom has been playing a significant role in the Vietnamese power generation development plan. After the recent contract awards for 520 MW Hoi Quang and 156 MW Song Bung 4 hydro power plants, the Group announced at the end of September 2012 the successful grid synchronisation of the sixth and last turbine & generator set of the 2,400MW Son La power plant, the largest hydropower plant in Vietnam and South East Asia.