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Alstom-led consortium wins EUR+285m Indian hydro contract

Alstom, in consortium with Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), has been awarded a contract worth over EUR285m by Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) to install a 1000MW variable speed pumped storage hydro power plant on the river Bhagirathi in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It will be India’s first pumped storage power plant to use variable speed technology.

Alstom’s share of the contract is worth around EUR180m.

The company will supply four 250MW variable speed turbine and generator units and other equipment including main inlet valves and control and protection systems.
On completion, the plant’s electricity output will provide much-needed power to the country’s northern grid. 

While pumped storage is the most efficient and flexible way to store electricity on a large scale offering quick demand response capabilities to utilities
and enable them to replace fossil fuel-based generation in peak times with CO2-free energy, variable speed pump turbines offer even greater efficiency.

The Tehri pump storage plant project is Alstom’s first contract with THDC and illustrates their confidence in Alstom’s technology and project expertise. With this project, Alstom is proud to support the government’s ‘Power for All’ initiative and reinforce the nation’s energy security,” says Francois Carpentier, Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Alstom Projects India Ltd.

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