US-based SPX announced that its Thermal Equipment and Services segment has won a contract from Alstom, to supply an air-cooled condenser for a new 835MW natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant in Israel.

The Tzafit combined cycle power plant to be built about 40km southeast of Tel Aviv will have two units, each with a capacity to generate 417MW of electricity.

SPX segment president Gene Lowe said the air cooled condenser technology will establish a modern cooling solution at the Tzafit plant.

"The Tzafit combined cycle power plant represents a significant power infrastructure expansion for Israel and is expected to sharply increase the country’s ability to meet future electricity demand," Lowe added.

SPX’s cooling technology will allow the elimination of water usage from the condensing power cycle, as well as flexibility in power plant site selection and decrease the time required for plant permitting.

The plant, which is expected to be commissioned in 2014, will be connected to national grid and represent about 7% of Israel’s installed power generation capacity.

Alstom was selected by Dalia Power Energies as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the plant.