• Supply and refurbishment contracts worth B$32 million ($83.4 million) have been awarded to a number of firms including Alstom and ABB. The five contracts for the supply and upgrade of 66 kV substations and cables are due to conclude in early 2003. The firms are Alstom for the switchgear, ABB for the transformers, LG Group of South Korea for around
100 km of cables and two local firms for the installation of the equipment.
• Manitoba Hydro has awarded an a50 million ($44.5 million) contract for the supply of two GT11N2 turbines to ABB Alstom Power. With a combined output of 260 MWe, the simple cycle development will be located at Brandon, west of Winnipeg. Operation is due to begin in April 2002.
• Ontario Hydro Services Co has given a contract for a Transmission Network Management System to Alstom ESCA. The system is due to operational by
7 November, when Canada is expected to begin allowing third party access to the transmission grid. The cost was not disclosed.
• GE has invested
$100 million in a factory at Veresegyhaza for the production of power plant equipment. Construction of the factory is due to begin this year and expected to be complete within the year.
• Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution Group has won a contract worth a200 million
($178 million) from the Power Grid Corp of India Ltd. The contract is for the two AC/DC converter stations associated with a 500 kV HVDC transmission line stretching 1400 km from the Talcher coal-fired power stations in Orissa to Bangalore in Karnataka state. The system, which will deliver 2GWe, is scheduled to begin operation in 2003.
• Foster Wheeler has won the contract for a feasibility study following a grant agreement between India’s BSES Ltd and the Trade and Development Agency. The study will examine the use of rejects from the coal-washing process, currently wasted, as a fuel source in CFB power plants and is due to be completed by July next year.
• A Special Yen Loan from the Japan Bank for International Co-operation of ¥53 billion ($512 million) has been granted to Malaysia for refurbishment of the Port Dickson power station. A further loan of ¥17 billion ($162 million) will be used to fund the Kenyir Hydroelectric project.
• NEM Group of Holland has won a $130 million contract from GE Power Systems for the supply of gas-turbine heat recovery steam generators.
• An EPC contract for a CHP development has been won by Foster Wheeler and subsidiaries in Finland and Poland. The two x 110 MWe turnkey development will be coal-fired and will also produce 500 MWth for district heating. Work is due to commence this year and completion is expected in spring, 2003. The Chorzów Elcho project is majority owned by PSEG Global.
• ABB Alstom Power has won a contract for the turnkey construction of a CHP plant for Solvay due to commence operations in autumn 2001. The a25 million ($22 million) contract will include the supply of a 42 MWe GTX 100 turbine. The plant is to be located north of Lisbon and will also supply 89 tonnes of steam per hour,to the Solvay chemical plant. Excess electrical energy will be sold to the grid. The 15-year Build, Own, Operate contract is offered by a joint venture of Electricidade de Portugal and state-owned gas company Gas de Portugal.
• PB Power is to conduct a power distribution study for the city of Dushanbe, funded by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. The 3-month project will be conducted in association with consultants Dar Al-Handasah and will comprise four major components, including recommending investment options over a 10-year period.
• Electricity Generating Co subsidiary Egco Green Energy Co is to develop plants in Roi-et and Yala provinces. A $15 million,
8.8 MWe rice-husk-fired plant at Roi-et will be 95 per cent owned by Egco and 5 per cent by Roi-et Rice Mill Co. A $32 million plant in Yala will generate around 20 MWe from rubber tree wood chippings. Five per cent will be held by Asia Plywood Ltd.
• Japan Bank for International Co-operation has agreed a ¥58.5 billion ($559.8 million) loan for the development of a lignite-fired plant. Mitsubishi companies will develop the four
360 MWe unit Afsin-Elbistan B facility.
• Mott MacDonald has won a contract for a CHP plant on the Slough Trading Estate. The plant will generate
11 MWe and 22 MWth from burning pelleted waste. Mott MacDonald designed the plant and will manage the turnkey contract, awarded to AGRA Birwelco in April. Completion is expected by late 2001.
• National Grid Co. has awarded a £6 million
($8.8 million) contract to Austria’s VA Tech Reyrolle Transmission to refurbish two substations. The 400 kV stations, at the Drax and Keadby plants, are due to be completed by May 2001.
• ABB Alstom Power, redeveloping the 1.5 GWe Staythorpe station, due mid-2002, has given Alfred McAlpine Civil Engineering a £1.5 million ($2.2 million) contract for site preparation.
• Viridian Power Resources Ltd. has won a £4.8 million ($7.1 million) Build, Operate contract for the development of a CHP plant for paper company Sonoco Board Mills near Halifax. The 7 MWe gas turbine will also produce
14 tonnes per hour of steam. Construction is expected to take 14 months.
• Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. has been awarded a $40 million contract by Raytheon Engineers and Constructors Inc. Foster Wheeler will supply three heat recovery steam generators for the AES-owned 815 MWe Red Oak plant in New Jersey. Construction is due to begin this year and it is due to come on-line in December 2001.
• PG&E has awarded an a460 million ($409 million) contract for the construction of a CCGT plant to ABB Alstom Power. The
1048 MWe development is to be located in Kern County, California. EPC for the supply of four GT 24 turbines and associated equipment should see the station operational by the end of 2001.
• FPL subsidiary, Florida Power & Light has chosen Black & Veatch as the EPC contractor for a simple cycle expansion of the Martin facility in Indiantown, Fl. The
340 MWe gas and oil-fired plant is due to begin operations in June 2001 and will include two GE PG7241FA turbines.
• Black & Veatch is part of a consortium awarded the EPC contract for an 846 MWe station in Alabama. The Tenaska Lindsay Hill CCGT is due to begin commercial operations by spring 2002. Tenaska Alabama Partners awarded the contract to GBV-Alabama, a joint venture of Gilbert Industrial Corp and a subsidiary of Black & Veatch, Overland Contracting Inc.
• ABB Alstom Power is to supply three 115 MWe GT11N2 turbines and associated simple cycle equipment for First Energy subsidiary, MidAtlantic, in a deal worth $80 million. The plant, located at Defiance, OH. is due this year.