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Voith Siemens to equip China's 4,800-MW Jinping 2

Ertan Hydropower Development Co. has awarded a 120 million euro (US$163.6 million) contract to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation to supply electro-mechanical equipment for the 4,800-MW Jinping 2 hydroelectric project on China's Yalong River.

Voith Siemens said the contract, signed August 23, is the largest deal for its Voith Siemens Shanghai unit since it was formed in 1994.

Jinping 2 will be equipped with eight 600-MW Francis turbines, operating with a head of 318 meters. Voith Siemens said the 17-kilometer penstock is one of the longest in the world. The plant is to be completed in 2014.

Ertan began work in December 2006 on Jinping 2, the largest of five hydro projects to be built on the Yalong, forming a cascade with the 3,300-MW Ertan project. (HNN 12/14/06) In July, Ertan named U.S-based engineering firm MWH to provide engineering and construction management services for the 3,600-MW Jinping 1 project. (HNN 7/31/07)

The 29.8 billion renminbi (US$3.73 billion) Jinping 2 is to be built 17 kilometers downstream from Jinping 1 in southwestern China. Jinping 1 and 2 are to be followed by construction of 1,800-MW Guandi and 400-MW Tongzilin on the Yalong, officials have said. China's development plans call for more than 20 plants eventually to be built on the Yalong, a 1,571-kilometer tributary to the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province.

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