Alstom has been given an Excellent Supplier award by the China Three Gorges Corporation in recognition of the company’s performance in contract execution, quality and on-time delivery of hydro turbine generator units and auxiliary equipment for the Xiangjiaba hydropower plant.

Alstom designed and manufactured four hydroelectric generating units for the Xiangjiaba underground plant, which were delivered in a record time for such large machines – at an average of one unit every four months. These four units successfully entered commercial operation between November 2012 and June 2013. The units all passed reliability tests in the first phase.

These 800MW class units coupled with an 889 MVA generator are the most powerful hydroelectric generating units in the world, and were manufactured at Alstom’s hydropower industrial facility in Tianjin, China – the company’s largest hydropower manufacturing base.

The Xiangjiaba project is the latest in a series of successful projects Alstom has delivered to the China Three Gorges Corporation, including Three Gorges Left Bank (8 units of 700MW), Three Gorges Right Bank (6 units of 700MW) and Three Gorges Underground (2 units of 700MW).

“This award is an important recognition for the dedication of Alstom’s team towards our customers and the cutting edge technology that drives Alstom clean power solutions. We are very proud to be part of this great project," Fabio Nossaes, General Manager of Alstom Hydro China (AHC) said. "We hope to continue our cooperation with China Three Gorges Corporation by constantly challenging the boundaries of innovation on the most technically advanced projects in China."

Photo: Installation of the upper bracket of the 800 MW class unit manufactured by Alstom. Copyright Alstom