GE has received a $78 million contract to provide four 250 MW pump/turbine and motor/generator sets, auxiliary equipment and services for a new, 1,000 MW pumped-storage hydropower station in the mountainous area in the southwest suburb of Yixing City, People’s Republic of China.Beijing, China – March 16, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The Jiangsu Pumped Storage Power awarded the contract for the equipment to GE as the prime contractor for the project. ABB is a subcontractor on the project, providing a CSCS (computer supervisory control system) and auxiliary electrical systems. The contract was signed in Nanjing by three parties: the Jiangsu Pumped Storage Power Co. Ltd, the CETIC International Tendering Co., Ltd, as its agent, and GE. “This new 1,000-megawatt facility is vital to help meet the growing need for stable and reliable power in the Jiangsu province,” said Jeff Wiener, Director of Hydro Sales for GE Energy. “We believe GE’s considerable expertise with pump storage units was an important factor in being chosen for this project.” The pump turbines are vertical shaft, single-stage, reversible Francis machines. Rated output in turbine mode will not be less than 255 MW, while the maximum pump input power in pump mode will not exceed 275 MW. The 50-hertz motor/generators are three-phase, air-cooled, vertical shaft, suspension type, reversible synchronous units. The generator mode has a rating of 278 MVA while the motor mode is rated at 275 MW. The GE equipment will be built in Norway, Finland and Canada. The site installation will begin in the second half of 2005 with the first unit scheduled to enter commercial operation on Aug. 31, 2007. The other units are set to begin operation in subsequent intervals of five, four and three months, respectively. GE Energy is a world leader in the supply of hydro turbines, generators and related electro-technical equipment for the hydropower production industry. Capabilities include complete water-to-wire solutions for new hydroelectric plants and refurbishment and services for existing plants.