Under the €365m contract, Voith will supply hydroelectric turbine generator units and auxiliary parts which have a total installed capacity of 5.1GW for the 10.2GW Wudongde hydropower station, which is claimed to be the fourth largest of its kind in China.

The hydroelectric power plant is being developed by Chinese state-owned power company China Three Gorges in the lower reaches of the Jinsha River, the region of Huidong County, Sichuan Province and Luquan County, Yunnan Province.

Voith Hydro president and CEO Uwe Wehnhardt said: "Voith is very proud to be a part of this exciting and important hydropower project and continues to contribute to China’s renewable energy development."

Featuring 12 Francis power generating machines, each with a capacity of 850MW, the Wudongde power plant is planned to be completed and commissioned in 2020.

China Three Gorges secured approval from the Chinese Governmet for the construction of the hydro power plant in December 2015.

Upon commissioning, the Wudongde hydropower plant is expected to have an annual power generating capacity of 38.9 billion KWh.

The project, which also features multiple functions of power generation, flood control, navigation and sediment retention, is designed save 12.2 million tons of standard coal and 30.5 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Voith said that the Wudongde project would contribute to the West-East Power Transmission program, which is intended to transmit affordable, clean power from Western China to Guangdong province and other coastal areas while promoting sustainable economic growth.

Image: Voith will supply hydroelectric turbine generator units for the proposed Wudongde hydropower station in China. Photo: courtesy of Voith.