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China Begins Testing the World’s Largest Hydro Turbine

July 13, 2012

China began testing an 800-megawatt hydro turbine that has the biggest unit capacity in the world after completing its installation, Xinhua reported, citing an unidentified spokesman of China Three Gorges Corp.

The first batch of turbines at the Xiangjiaba hydropower plant are expected to come on line as early as October, the news agency said. Alstom SA (ALO), the third-largest power-equipment maker, said July 11 that it supplied four 800-megawatt turbines to the plant.

The dam in the lower reaches of the Jinsha River is the nation’s largest after the Three Gorges Dam and the Xiluodu hydro plant, the report said. A call to China Three Gorges Corp. wasn’t answered.

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