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Toshiba boosts hydropower equipment production capability in China

Toshiba Corporation announced that its Chinese consolidated subsidiary, Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Sinohydro Corporation of China, has completed an expansion of its assembly and machining shop and the construction of an advanced hydraulic research laboratory equipped with a cutting-edge hydro turbine model test facility.

Toshiba said the plant expansion allows the company to manufacture 600 MW class hydropower generation equipment, the world's largest class of equipment, and to double its manufactured output. The expansion positions THPC to meet growing demand for hydropower in China and the world market, most notably India and Southeast Asia, a press release states.

Alongside the expansion, THPC has also constructed China's first hydropower R&D facility built by a joint venture, Toshiba reported.

THPC's manufacturing operation includes casting, welding, assembly and machining and a coil shop. Since fiscal 2006, the company has invested a total of 170-million RMB (approximately US$25 million) in building up its production capability and facilities.

Recently, Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. won a contract to supply four 320-MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant systems for a pumped-storage hydro project in China.

The systems will be installed at Qingyuan Pumped-Storage Power Station in Guangdong Province, reports indicate.

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