Alstom has been awarded a contract worth over €100M by GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd to equip the 850MW Ratle hydropower plant, which will be commissioned in 2017.

The contract includes the supply of four Francis turbines of 205MW each, and one Francis turbine of 30MW.
All equipment will be manufactured at Alstom’s Vadodara facility in Gujarat, one of the company’s largest hydro manufacturing hubs.

“This contract is a testimony to the quality of the long standing relationship built over the last 15 years by Alstom and GVK," commented Patrick Ledermann, Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Alstom India. "Alstom India is committed to provide sustainable and emission-free solutions for the development of India’s clean power generation capacity. We are happy to be supporting the country’s plan to further incorporate renewable energy into its energy mix."

Located on the Chenab River, Ratle is Alstom’s first major project in the Kishtwar district. This is also currently the largest power project being set up in the state of Jammu & Kashmir which faces an ever-increasing power demand.

With almost 150GW of exploitable hydro-potential as shown by the assessment made by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), India ranks 5th in the world. India is also the second fastest growing economy worldwide and the 6th largest energy consumer, accounting for 3.4% of global energy consumption.