French engineering group Alstom has inaugurated its new hydropower manufacturing facility at Tianjin in China.

The new site is to be named Alstom Hydro China (AHC) and will, over time, fully replace Alstom’s original factory, Tianjin Alstom Hydro (TAH), in China.

The facility’s construction is taking place in two main phases, with first phase already operational.

To ensure gradual transition of the workload, Alstom’s existing factory TAH will remain operational until the second phase of AHC has been fully completed.

AHC will have a total area of nearly 250,000 square metres and a production capacity that is 20% greater than the old site, capable of delivering up to 30 turbine and generator units per year.

The new facility will house a Global Technology Centre where Alstom will carry out R&D activities and test turbines developed for its customers.