Unit 1 of Vietnamese hydro plant synchronized to power grid

Paris, January 7, 2011 — Alstom congratulates Electricity of Vietnam on Son La Hydro Power Plant Unit 1 successful commissioning and synchronization to the grid, and proudly joins in the celebrations for this achievement on January 7, 2011.

On December 17, 2010, Son La HPP Unit 1 started generating power and was synchronized to Vietnam‘s grid. By December 23, 2010, Unit 1 successfully completed its 72-hours trial run on full load at 400 MW. This represents a key milestone for Son La HPP Unit 1, which is now on schedule for commercial operation.

For Alstom this also means, all Alstom supplied equipment for Son La HPP Unit 1 have successfully passed the reliability and performance tests for design, manufacturing and erection to full satisfaction of the customer and authorities.

In October 2007, Alstom signed the 2,400 MW Son La Hydro Power Plant contract for the design, engineering, manufacturing and delivery of six 400 MW Francis turbines and generators, balance of plant as well as training and supervision of installation, testing and commissioning. Son La HPP is the largest hydro power plant in Vietnam and South East Asia too.

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