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Alstom on point at 178MW hydro

Consortium led by French giant to kit out Shuakhevi plant in Georgia

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An Alstom-led consortium has been awarded a contract worth around €30m to equip the 178.6MW Shuakhevi hydropower plant in Georgia.

The French company’s share of the contract is worth around $20m and the agreement covers two vertical 89.3MW Francis turbines (pictured). The plant is expected to be commissioned in 2016

The Shuakhevi project is part of one of the largest foreign direct investment projects in Georgia to date and will provide Georgia and Turkey with energy to meet peak demand during winter.

The main turbines and generators will be manufactured at Alstom’s Vadodara facility in Gujarat while electrical and mechanical balance-of-plant items will be supplied partially from Alstom’s sites based in India as well as in Turkey.

Alstom chied operating officer of hydro Jacques Hardelay said: “Being the supplier for this prestigious project, Alstom is proud to help Georgia in reducing its carbon footprint through renewable power generation.”

Shuakhevi is the first of three hydro projects being developed by Adjaristsqali Georgia, a consortium of Clean Energy Invest of Norway, the Tata Power Company of India and the International Financing Corporation.

Image: Alstom

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