Three Gorges Project Corp. to Use Chinese-Made Generators for Two Major Projects

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Originally published in China Energy Weekly (Interfax)

China Three Gorges Project Corp. (CTGPC), China’s largest hydropower company, signed generator purchase contracts in Beijing on Aug. 28 to purchase 26 generators for two projects, all of which will come from domestic manufacturers, state media reported.

According to Xinhua, the 26 generators will be used in CTGPC’s 6,400 megawatt (MW) Xiangjiaba hydropower project and 13,860 MW Xiluodu project. Both projects will be built on the lower reaches of the Jinsha River, and are expected to be completed by 2015.

The contracts regarding the purchase of the 26 generators were signed with Harbin Electric Machinery (10 generators), Dongfang Electrical Machinery (nine generators), Tianjin ALSTOM Hydro (four generators) and Shanghai Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation (three generators).

CTGPC’s general manager Li Yong’an said that the contracts, valued at RMB 11 billion ($1.61 billion) in total, will promote the development of China’s domestic hydropower equipment manufacturing industry.

According to the government’s plan, 12 hydropower projects with a total installed capacity of 58,580 MW will be built on the middle and lower reaches of the Jinsha River. In 2002, CTGPC obtained approval from the central government to begin development on four projects, including the Xiangjiaba project and the Xiluodu project.