Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co, Ltd (THPC), a joint venture of Japan’s Toshiba Corporation and Sinohydro Corporation of China, has completed an expansion of its assembly and machining shop and the construction of an advanced hydraulic research laboratory equipped with a hydro turbine model test facility.

The plant expansion allows the company to manufacture 600MW class hydropower generation equipment and double its manufactured output. The expansion positions THPC to meet growing demand for hydropower in China and the world market, most notably India and Southeast Asia, Toshiba said in a statement.

Since it was established in January 2005, THPC has supplied approximately 100 hydro turbines and generators, mainly to Chinese projects. Most notably, in May this year THPC won a major contract to supply a 4x320MW pumped storage hydro power plant system at the Qingyuan Pumped Storage Power Station in Guangdong Province.

THPC’s manufacturing operation includes casting, welding, assembly and machining and a coil shop. Since fiscal 2006, the company has invested a total of 170M RMB (approximately US$25M) in building up its production capability and facilities. Recent investments include the November 2008 expansion of the coil shop and installation of advanced equipment for production of electrical components for hydro turbine generators parts, including coils and poles.