French engineering giant Alstom has inaugurated a €100m ($133m) hydropower manufacturing and technology centre in China.

The centre in Tianjin covers 250 000 square meters and has 2000 staff, more than 400 of which are engineers.

The site comprises an upgraded existing hydropower industrial facility and a new production area as well as a global technology centre. It has 19 critical heavy machines including two new and state-of-the-art gantries and Alstom claims it will be able to deliver up to 26 turbine and generator units a year.

Alstom plans to utilise the site to further tap into China’s booming hydropower market, in which the company has been active for 18 years. It recently supplied four 800 MW units (pictured) to China’s Xiangjiaba hydropower plant.

Alstom chairman Patrick Kron said the inauguration of the centre marked “a key milestone for Alstom’s development in the country”.

“This world class factory will allow us to accelerate Alstom’s contribution to China’s sustainable development.”

Jerome Pecresse, president of Alstom Renewable Power, added: The new site illustrates Alstom’s commitment to bring our technology strengths and innovations to local customers. Tianjin site now offers a hydropower full value chain with a complete array of activities. It will play a pivotal role in the future growth of Alstom in China and the Southeast Asia market.”