A contract for the delivery of the electro-mechanical equipment for the Jinping II hydro power station on the Yalong River in the Chinese province of Sichuan has been awarded to Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation.

The order, placed by Ertan Hydropower Development Co. (EHDC), is worth approximately EUR 120 million, making it the largest-ever deal for Voith Siemens Shanghai.

Located by the lower reaches of the river, Jinping II has a total capacity of 4,800 MW and is therefore the largest of the five hydro power stations on the Yalong. It will be equipped with eight Francis turbines, each rated at 600 MW. The power station has a maximum head of 318 m and, running along 17 km, its penstock is one of the longest in the world.

Completion of the plant is scheduled for 2014.