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Alstom delivers first turbine runner for Xiangjiaba hydro project in China

Alstom has successfully delivered the first 812-MW turbine runner to the site of the Xiangjiaba hydroelectric power project under construction in China, Alstom reported.

The runner weighs 406 tons, has a diameter of 10.5 meters and a height of 4.7 meters.

The turbine runner is part of the contract won by Alstom in 2008 for the supply of four 812-MW Francis turbine and generator units to the Xiangjiaba project. The contract also includes training, supervision of installation and commissioning.

The hydropower project is situated on the Jinshajiang River on the border between Yibin County and Shuifu County in Yunnan Province. At a cost of about 43.4 billion yuan (about US$6.3 billion), the hydro project will have a capacity of at least 6,000 MW, reports indicate.

The project is slated to be the third-largest in China, after the Three Gorges and Xiluodu hydropower projects.

The project's future operator, China Gezhouba Group Corp., said construction of the Xiangjiaba hydro plant started in November 2006.

According to the Yibin County government, the first turbine is expected to begin generating power in 2012. The plant will be fully operational by 2015, reports indicate.

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