China’s Fuchunjiang Hydro-power Equipment Works has awarded NKK an order to supply 1000tons of stainless-clad steel plates for conduit pipes at the Three Gorges project. For the first time China has ordered steel material from overseas.

This is the third consecutive order NKK has received for the project. In July 1998 the company supplied 13,000tons of high grade steel plates for spiral casing, followed by a second order in November 1998 for 4000tons of steel plates for penstock applications.