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Alstom to revamp DVC power plant capacity

Our Bureau

KOLKATA, Oct. 21

DAMODAR Valley Corporation (DVC) has awarded a contract to Alstom Power India Ltd (APIL) for the renewal and uprating of its existing 60 MW (3 X 20 MW) capacity Maithon hydropower project, located near Asansol in West Bengal. The post-renewal capacity of each unit will be 23.8 MW.

According to Alstom sources, the order worth Rs 30 crore will be executed jointly by Alstom Power UK and APIL. The scope of work includes uprating of the existing turbine-generator unit capacity by 15 per cent and that of the associated equipment.

As per the contract, APIL will supply BOP electrical and mechanical equipment while Alstom Power UK will supply turbine component controls and overall project management.

The order is claimed to have added another facet to Alstom Power's hydro operations in India,apart from those being executed for large hydro jobs like Dhauliganga and mini-hydro jobs like Relagarh and Sobla of Uttar Pradesh Loghu Jal Vidyut NIgam Ltd.

The order also reflects Alstom's focus to target projects where the units were originally supplied by the Alstom Group. This also taps into the vast potential for increasing power generation capacities with minimum investment while yielding additional re venue to the utilities, the source added.

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