Indian, Chinese Companies Set To Sign JV For Making Turbine

Beijing, March 28 | Updated: Mar 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
An Indian and a Chinese company are set to sign a major joint venture project to manufacture turbines for small hydro power projects in India that has the potential to trigger faster economic and social development in the countrys vast and inaccessible rural areas. The Kerala government concern, Steel Industrials Limited, Kerala (SILK) and the Chendian Power International based in central Chinas Hunan province have finalised a joint venture proposal for establishing turbine manufacturing facilities at Cherthala in Alapuzha district.

The joint venture also envisages technology transfer through International Centre on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) and the International Network on Small Hydro Power (IN-SHP) based in Hangzhou City in East China.

The final documents are to be signed in April 2004 at Chenzhou City in Hunan province during the valediction of the International Small Hydro Power Co-operation seminar in mid-April in Hangzhou, capital of east Chinas Zhejiang province, IN-SHP managing director VK Damodaran said.

Cooperation in the use of advanced technologies and its application in small hydro power development in inaccessible rural areas would be a worthwhile joint exercise between India and China, which would benefit many other developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, he said. IN-SHP has executed a pilot programme of implementation of four small hydro power (SHP) stations of total capacity 12.6 mw in Kerala (Chembukkadavu I and II and Urumi I and II) by November, with technical assistance and equipment from China IN-SHP and the Chinese government gifted the first turbine to the first hydro power station in the state. Based on IN-SHP design, the civil works were executed by local engineers, he said.

Jointly with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Indian industry ministry, IN-SHP has assisted India to set up the first ever regional centre of UNIDO for IN-SHP in the energy management centre at Thiruvananthapuram. The regional centre is to cater to the needs of South Asia and even to East Africa till the proposed regional centre for Africa is established in Abuja, Nigeria.

Meanwhile, West Bengal has shown keen interest in developing tidal energy with IN-SHP s help, Mr Damodaran said. Already, West Bengals minister of power, Mrinal Banerjee as well as official from the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency and the West Bengal Electricity Board had discussions at Kolkata with the director-general of IN-SHP, Prof Tong Jiandong on this project, he said. PTI

West Bengal is seeking IN-SHP technical assistance for building a 3.5 mw tidal power plant, a 16 mw cascade SHP stations chain for West Bengal Electricity Board, and a number of other smaller hydro stations on a time bound basis. The technical data for these projects are being analysed and designs modified by Inshp at present, Mr Ddamodaran said. Unido has also sought technical assistance from Inshp for a cluster of six numbers of picohydros of up to six kw by upgrading the existing grinding mills in Uttaranchal for providing better community development schemes. Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland have also shown keen interest in developing small hydro projects, he said. He pointed out that in view of Chinas valuable experience in establishing rural energy markets, there is possibility for continued exchange of professional experience and know how related to SHP practice and financial management.

-PTI