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Alstom, in consortium with Bhel, has secured a contract from the Nuclear Power Corporation to supply turbine generator package for its Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP) units 7 & 8, located at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan. Alstom's share in the total consortium contract is around 100 million (Rs 700 crore).
Alstom and BHEL will supply, install and commission the turbine generator packages for the power station's two new 700 mw capacity units. The expansion of the existing capacity of the 1180 mw of RAPP nuclear power plant will help meet increasing demand for power in the country.
This contract marks Alstom's growing contribution in the nuclear energy business in India after the award of the contract for 2x700 MW units for the Kakrapar 3 and 4 nuclear power plant in Gujarat a year ago. It equally confirms Alstom's technical capabilities as well as its strengthening partnership and long standing relationship with NPCIL and BHEL. The first contract that Alstom executed for NPCIL was for Rajasthan unit 1 and unit 2 in 1973 and 1981. Thereafter it became the technology provider through BHEL for the 220 MW park for Kakrapar.
Patrick Fragman, senior vice president of Alstom's nuclear business, said: "With India envisioning to increase the contribution of nuclear power to overall electricity generation capacity from 3.2 % to 9 % within 25 years, Alstom is well positioned to respond to the country's ever-increasing electricity requirements."
Alstom is the world leader in conventional islands for nuclear power plants with close to 30 % of total nuclear capacity in operation (approximately 114 gw) across the world operating on installations by Alstom. Nuclear power is currently the fourth largest source of electricity in India after thermal, hydro and renewable energy. At present, India has 20 nuclear power units in operation, generating 4,780 MW. Seven reactors are under construction and will add 5,300 MW of nuclear power generation capacity.
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