First gas turbine reconditioning workshop opens in province
HA NOI — French multinational conglomerate Alstom and Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) yesterday announced a partnership that would establish a state-of-the-art gas turbine reconditioning workshop in southern coastal Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province's Phu My Town.
"This will be the first reconditioning workshop in the country, and the first in Alstom's network in Asia. EVN would provide key components while Alstom would contribute technology and other services to increase current activities in Phu My," said Pham Le Thanh, EVN's general director.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said gas turbine power plants were a critical power source that accounted for over 36 per cent of the whole system output capacity and required complex and costly maintenance.
The establishment of the joint venture would help power generating organisations shorten time for getting units to back into operation, contributing to the assurance of the nation's energy security, Hai said.
With its prime location in Asia, the workshop would recondition the latest gas turbine parts demonstrating Alstom's commitment to bringing high-tech capabilities to this fast-growing region. This collaboration would bring together the latest technology with local expertise and competitive positioning in a major long-term investment in Viet Nam and Asia.
"The new workshop is a key element within Alstom's growth plan for Asia and demonstrates our commitment to Viet Nam and to our Asian customers," said Phillip Cochet, president of Alstom Thermal Power Company.
Alstom and EVN also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering other areas of co-operation including the establishment of training programmes for EVN engineers and online monitoring of power plants, reducing fuel consumption and improving plant efficiency.
The joint venture and MoU deepen the long-term relationship between EVN and Alstom that spans more than 20 years, encompassing major hydro projects such as Son La and Huoi Quang, and thermal power plants like the Phu My gas-fired facilities.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies.
Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. — VNS