alstom will supply four 157MW vertical Francis reversible turbines, four 170 MVA vertical asynchronous motor/generator units and further key equipment to the new 628MW plant, which is a partner project between Swiss energy provider Alpiq, Forces Motrices Valaisannes (FMV) and Swiss federal railways SBB. Alstom will also handle complete site delivery, erection, supervision and commissioning.

alstom Hydro’s facilities in Grenoble, France and Birr, Switzerland will be in charge of the engineering and manufacturing of the equipment, to be delivered until 2017. Civil works on this project, which integrates a conventional pump turbine and a variable speed pump turbine, began in 2008.