GELEPHU, Sarpang Dzongkhag District, Bhutan 6/11/12 (PennWell) -- Alstom and hydroelectric producer Druk Green Power Corporation are teaming up to establish a new hydropower service center.
The new facility, which will be split 51% and 49% between Druk Green Power and Alstom, respectively, will provide repair services for hydro runners and other underwater hydroelectric components.
The Alstom/Druk Green Power service center is being built in anticipation of a boom in hydropower development as the governments of Bhutan and India have stated their cooperation in developing 10,000 MW of hydroelectric power by the 2020.
"This joint undertaking to build a high-tech service center is a result of the close relationship we have with Druk Green and of our desire to work with local partners to develop highly skilled local capabilities," says Francois Carpentier, vice president of Alstom India Thermal and Renewable Power.
Alstom says it expects the service center to be completed within 27 months, with 62 employees during its first year of operation. The company says that number will be increased to 160 once the facility reaches its full capacity.
"The new service center is a key element in Alstom's growth plans in the region and demonstrates our commitment to serve the Bhutan hydro market and more generally to be close to our customers in the region," Carpentier says.
HydroWorld.com reported in May that a group had filed to become Bhutan's first hydropower construction company, and India's Assam State recently announced that it will build as many as 149 new small hydropower plants.