Alstom completes Chamera III hydropower plant
Indian hydro project to contribute 233.6 MW output to local grid
Alstom has reported that it has successfully completed the Chamera III hydropower plant, located in the Chamba district of India’s Himachal Pradesh, on the river Ravi. The project has been completed three weeks ahead of schedule, with full load on the three 77 MW units producing a total 233.6 MW output. The units have now been handed over to the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) who has declared the start of commercial operation.
“Hydroelectric power is essential to achieve the ambitious goal of the Indian government to expand the “Twelfth Plan” to 90000 MW. Alstom worked very closely with the customer and we are pleased to announce the successful completion of the Chamera III project, which has further enhanced our reputation in India and the Middle East,” said Alstom Hydro India’s MD Alain Spohr.
The Chamera III project is the first turnkey-basis scheme undertaken by Alstom, with Indian unit Vadodara designing, manufacturing and supplying turbines, generator, control and protection systems and the main inlet valve. The scheme is aiming to improve both the electricity supply to the local area – providing additional grid stability – and regional water supply.
Alstom has previously set a new benchmark for the spinning of turbines within the Indian hydro sector – recording a rated speed of 333 rotations per minute in a record time of less than 10 hours – on three Francis vertical turbines.