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Forgemasters joins British Hydropower Association

12 July 2010

Sheffield Forgemasters has become a member of the British Hydropower Association to develop its significant involvement in manufacture for a global hydropower market.

The British Hydropower Association (BHA) is the leading trade association representing the interests of the UK hydropower industry and its associated stakeholders in the wider community, at regional, national and global levels.

Forgemasters has moved further into the renewable energy market over recent years and with hydropower being the most reliable and least environmentally intrusive of all the renewable energies, becoming a member of the BHA will provide greater business and project opportunities.

Volker Schaffer, sales director at Forgemasters, said: "We regard renewable energy to be among the top concerns within our business agendas and we are continually looking at different ways to service this market.

"Becoming a member of the BHA allows us further connections into the international hydropower market, and offers us the opportunity to raise important issues with key policy makers.

"Forgemasters has a strong pedigree in manufacturing high quality components for hydro, fossil fuel, thermal and nuclear power generation. It is widely recognised that the reliability our products carry is invaluable to fast developing economies, which are facing high domestic energy demands to match economic growth."

Many governments including those of India, China and the UK, are currently working to address the global shortfalls in power generation. Hydropower is destined to play a significant part in future strategies.

Since 2008, the Brightside Lane forge has supplied many hydro shafts and components globally to projects which include China's Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

India's Karcham Wangtoo project is another contract that SFIL has supplied Francis turbine components to in recent years. The project is the largest privately funded hydro-power plant in the Asian sub-continent and outputs 1,000 MW of electricity generated through its Francis turbines.

It is anticipated that being a part of the BHA will allow Forgemasters to grow further and expand the services they offer into a wider area of renewable energy, demonstrating SFIL capabilities in hydropower manufacturing.

Hydroelectric and fossil fuel power generation contracts, add to SFIL's impressive export status. Forgemasters is currently the world's largest supplier of steel rolls to the former Soviet Union's steel plate manufacturing industry.