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Alstom commissions advanced hydro bearing factory in Vadodara, Gujarat Print E-mail
Written by Vivek   
Friday, 06 May 2011
Ahmedabad: Alstom, a power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure major, has inaugurated it's new bearing factory in Vadodara, Gujarat. With an area of over 6150 square metres, the site is Alstom's most advanced bearing production facility.

The factory will manufacture bearings for medium to large size hydro power projects, including large turbine and generator thrust bearings, guide bearings and shaft seals to cater to the hydro power sector both in India and abroad.

Employing around 200 people, it will reach a full production capacity of 40 sets of bearings and shaft seals per year by 2012 – 2013.

"With this new plant in Vadodara, we will further strengthen our position as one of the largest and most comprehensive companies in equipment and services for power generation, especially in the hydro sector," said Philippe Joubert, Alstom Power President.

The new factory's energy-efficient characteristics include heat-insulated panels, a fume extraction system, underwater plasma cutting machines to reduce noise pollution, a rainwater recycling system, a liquefied petroleum gas heated furnace to ensure zero pollution, skylights and turbo ventilators to take full advantage of the natural light and air, and demand controlled VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) air conditioning systems to increase indoor air quality.

The Vadodara site is also home to one of Alstom’s biggest hydropower manufacturing sites as well as Alstom’s Global Technology Centre (GTC) for the testing of Pelton turbines, commonly used in the Indian hydro market. The GTC develops highly innovative integrated products and technologies for new and rehabilitation projects. The hydro factory recently dispatched the biggest Kaplan Runner for Uganda and delivered the major equipment for India’s largest dam – the 2000 MW Subansiri Hydro Power Project located in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

India was one of the pioneering countries in establishing hydro-electric power plants with the first dam established at Darjeeling and Shimsha (Shivanasamudra) in 1898 and 1902 respectively. The installed capacity of hydro electric power plants in the country as of March 2011 is around 37570  MW (Source: Central Electricity Authority).

Alstom's bearing technologies are developed as an integrated part of the hydro generator system. Thrust bearings tolerate much higher impact loads, without damage or performance degradation, and significantly reduce friction, enabling higher load/speed combinations, cooler operation, and extended operational life.

Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Minister for Power, in the presence of Philippe Joubert, Alstom Power President, Sunand Sharma, Alstom Country President in India, and other dignitaries inaugurated the factory.

"This is another major milestone in the history of Alstom in India. While India continues to develop as one of the most dynamic economies of the world, Alstom is committed to providing the best technologies and equipment to its partners and customers," said Joubert.

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