• Outside China, Voith Hydro Shanghai equips the hydropower project Nam Hinboun in Laos;
• Within China, Voith Hydro Shanghai receives renowned award for excellent performance in the hydropower project Jinping II.
Voith has achieved a success in the promising hydropower market of South East Asia: the local branch of the company, Voith Hydro Shanghai, will supply the Nam Hinboun hydropower project in Laos with two bulb type power-generating units with a capacity of 15 MW each. The turnkey project includes engineering and components, the complete electromechanical equipment as well as automation systems, transformers and switchyards.
“The order in Laos is a major success for Voith Hydro in Southeast Asia and another landmark in our activities outside China,” says Martin Ändra, President of Voith Hydro Shanghai. “We are expecting Southeast Asia to become a major driving force in hydropower in the future.”
Laos has remarkable hydropower potential and is aiming at becoming the “battery of Asia”. The government targets to increase the country’s hydropower output to 23,000 MW by 2030. In order to export electricity to its power-demanding neighbors, Laos supports the realization of hydropower projects within its borders.
Voith has a long tradition as hydropower plant supplier in Asia. The company has equipped China’s first hydropower station, Shi Long Ba, which started service in 1910. Moreover, Voith has continuously contributed to the development of renewable energy in China as well as the country’s economy. Since its establishment in 1994, Voith Hydro Shanghai has been a major supplier to many large hydropower projects in China, such as Three Gorges, Longtan, Laxiwa, Xiaowan, Xiluodu, and Jinping.
Lately, Voith Hydro Shanghai received the award from the Sichuan Municipal government due to excellent performance of Voith at the Jinping II project on the Yalong River. Among the 160 companies involved in this venture, Voith Hydro Shanghai exclusively won this renowned award for good service and high quality. The ordering customer Ertan Hydroelectric Development Company, Ltd. (EHDC) recommended Voith as an outstanding partner. As soon as the hydropower project Jinping II will be completed, it has a power capacity of 4,800 MW.
Voith (voith.com) sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 42,000 people, generates € 5.7 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.
The Importance of Hydropower
Hydropower is the largest, oldest and also most reliable form of renewable energy generation. Worldwide it makes an indispensable contribution to stable power supplies and hence to economic and social development both in industrial countries and in emerging markets. At the same time, hydropower significantly contributes to climate-protecting energy genera-tion. Voith has been a leading supplier of this technology since the early beginning, and continuously develops it further.