• Two MS6001FA gas turbine generators with auxiliary equipment are to be supplied by GE Power Systems to Samedan Power of Houston, USA, for a new 200 MW power plant to be built in Ecuador. The plant will be in provincial capital Machala in south west Ecuador and will come on line in stages, scheduled finally to start up combined cycle operation in August 2002.


• Bidding has opened on a build contract for a 60 MW combined cycle power station to be sited in the new Suez industrial zone. The plant will be either natural gas or light fuel oil fired. Clients Oriental for Industrial Projects have set a 31 August deadline.


• Electrowatt-Ekono Oy, a member of the Jaakko Poyry Group, has been appointed main engineering consultant for the industrial power plant to be built at UPM-Kymmene’s Jamsankoski mill. The plant, costing around 65 million Euros in all, will consist of a 185 MW solid fuel steam boiler powering a 50 MWe steam turbine, and is expected to come on line in spring of 2002.


• Rolls-Royce plc has won its first order for Bergen lean burn gas engines since it acquired the range with its acquisition of Vickers last year. Garden Silk Mills Ltd, an Indian textile company, has bought two 3.36 MW gensets for its production facility at Vareli in Gujurat. The turnkey project is worth $3 million and will receive its gas supply via a new pipleline to be laid by Gujurat Gas Co Ltd, a British Gas subsidiary.


• The state run Iraqi organisation General Company for Electrical Projects has placed an order worth $96m with Indian company Bharat Heavy Electricals for the supply of two 159 MW gas turbine units. Equipment will be supplied to the Beiji power plant near Baghdad, and is the largest order ever under the UN’s food-for-oil programme.


• The government’s Comision Federal de Electricidad has awarded InterGen Aztec Energy X B.V. a BOO (build, own and operate) contract for the 750MW Rosarito power project sited near Mexicali. One third of the natural gas combined cycle plant’s output will be sold in the USA. It is scheduled to come on line in April 2003.


• British company National Power plc has signed a deal to build Oman’s third private power station at a cost estimated at between 45 and 50 million Rials ($130 million) for completion in 2002. The 240 MW plant, situated near al-Sharqiyah, is to be capitalized at 25 million rials and will be run on a build-own-operate-transfer basis with 35 per cent of the shares to be made available to the Omani public after four years. The 15 year renewable contract gives NP the right to own and operate the the power station supplying the al-Kamil region.


• The state owned National Power Corporation has cancelled a contract with Impsia Asia Ltd of Argentina for the repair and operation of the 750 MW Calirya-Botocan-Kalayan hydro-electric complex. According to Natocor, the contract was rendered self-cancelling when Impsia failed to fulfil several conditions including the payment of a $71 million security deposit; but Impsia have counter-charged that Natocor failed to supply vital financial and other approvals. The matter is now likely to go into a conflict resolution procedure.


• Babcock & Wilcox Co has won an order from Fortum Engineering Ltd to supply a coal fired circulating fluidised bed boiler island to the new $20 million Tychy II power plant project. The boiler, equivalent output 90 MWe, is a type IR-CFB unit featuring a two stage internal recirculating design that eliminates the hot cyclone separators conventionally used and is expected to prove more efficient and less costly to maintain.

Saudi Arabia

• VA TECH Reyrolle, of Tyneside, UK, has been awarded a £7m contract in Saudi Arabia to extend one of the country’s high voltage electrical substations. Reyrolle built the original 380 kV substation, in the Qaseem area, in 1987; this time they will provide design, manufacturing and management for the project, due for completion in December, which will double the size of the plant.


• Building group Dragados has announced that it has won a $450 million contract in partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build a 1200 MW power station in southern Spain. The plant, for the American utility AES, is scheduled for completion in 28 months.


• Alstom has been awarded an EU38 million contract by AK Enerji to supply and maintain 10 cogeneration systems to five sites in northern Turkey. Each system will consist of a 5.25 MWe Typhoon gas turbine generating set, a waste heat recovery unit, switchgear and transformer, and all will be manufactured in the UK.

United Kingdom

• Seabank Power Ltd has signed a maintenance contract with Siemens Industrial Services for its combined cycle gas turbine station near Bristol, handed over in March this year. Siemens will undertake to provide personnel fully trained to deal with both routine and emergency maintenance of the plant.

• ABB Power T&D Ltd has won a turnkey order worth more than £50 million to build an indoor high-voltage substation in St John’s Wood in the centre of London. The order has been placed by the National Grid Co. and is their largest such order to date. The 400 kV substation will use ABB’s compact gas insulated switchgear technology.


• The Tampa Electric Co. has awarded a 50 million Euro contract to Alstom Power for the supply of six heat recovery steam generators to a 625 MW power station in Tampa, Florida. The units will recover heat from the exhaust gases of six GE natural gas 7FA combustion turbines and will be equipped with catalytic NOx reduction systems. The schedule calls for full operation in May 2004.

• Westinghouse Atom AB of Västerås, Sweden, has been awarded a 15 million SEK contract to supply 160 steam separators for Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah nuclear power plant. The separators will be supplied to Westinghouse Electric Co. for installation in steam generators for the nuclear plant; they are the first Westinghouse products of this kind to be installed in a PWR.