• S&S Energy Products will supply Australian Northern Territories Power and Water Authority with a GE LM6000 SPRINT gas turbine. The unit is due to enter commercial service by March 2000.


• GE Energy Services has won an 8-year contract to operate and maintain the power plant on Petrobras’ floating production, storage and off-loading unit in the Marlim oil complex.

• Brazil will transfer construction of Angra 3 nuclear power plant to the private sector. Construction of Angra 3 will cost $1.5 billion.

• Siemens has supplied a 17 MWe back pressure turbine generator to an ethylene plant in the PQU Petroquímica União chemical works near São Paulo. The steam turbine will serve as a topping turbine to expand the high pressure steam generated in the steam crackers. The turbine will meet 70 per cent of the plant’s power demand. Handover will take place in January 2000.

• InterGen has executed a $600 million agreement with Compania Paulista de Forca e Luz and Shell Brazil Gas to develop a 1025 MWe combined cycle plant in Americana, in the central west region of São Paulo. The plant is due to enter commercial operation by 2003.


• Egypt has invited firms to pre-qualify to build and operate two power plants of 600-750 MWe capacity in North Cairo and Safaga, on the Red Sea. The Egyptian Electricity Authority (EEA) asked IPPs to submit their qualifications for building two combined cycle power plants.


• GE Industrial AeroDerivative Gas Turbines’ (GE-IAD) LM6000 gas turbine will be used at a cogeneration facility to supply electricity and steam to Smurfit Socar’s Papeterie de la Seine paper mill. The LM6000 PD will be supplied by Nuovo Pignone. It will be rated at 43.5 MW, and equipped with a dry low emissions combustion system. Steam and electricity will be used for paper manufacturing, with excess power being sold to EdF.


• India has approved a $930 million 1000 MWe coal-fired power project to be built at Rihand in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh by National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). The project consists of two units of 500 MWe each, due to be completed within 66 months from the date of divestment approval.

• Chennai Municipal Corporation has awared a contract to Energy Development Ltd of Australia to build a 16 MWe municipal solid waste-based power plant at Perungudi near Chennai on a BOO basis.

• The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has given clearance for the 250 MWe lignite plant at Akrimota in the Kutch district of Gujarat.

• VA Tech Hydro Vevey and Siemens have won a contract from Jaiprakash Hydro Power Ltd to supply three 103 MWe hydro turbines for the Baspa 2 hydropower plant in Himachal Pradesh state.


• Vokes has won a contract to provide the filter coalescer technology and equipment to improve gas turbine performance at the 20 MWe Salalah Power Station.


• Endessa has formed a joint venture with Opole to build two lignite plants with a total capacity of 940 MWe.


• Sulzer Hydro has won a contract to upgrade the Iron Gates I hydropower plant on the river Danube.


• GE Power Systems won a $280 million contract for a 600 MWe gas-fired combined cycle plant in Kuanhsi Rural Township, south of Taipei. The plant will be owned by Hsin Tao Power Corporation, with power sold to Taiwan Power Company. GE and Bechtel have formed a consortium to build the plant, with plant commissioning scheduled for the third quarter of 2001. GE will supply three MS7001FA gas turbines, one steam turbine, and three HRSGs.


• Scottish and Southern Energy are investing £1.8 million in a new CHP plant at Eli Lilly and Company’s Basingstoke premises. The plant will provide 3.6 MWe and 10 400 kg/h of steam.


• GE Power Systems won a contract to supply Entergy with 8 gas turbines by 2001.

• Hanjung of Korea won a $50 million contract with ABB-CENP to supply four 300 MW steam generators to a nuclear power plant in Tennessee, USA.

• ABB Alstom Power won orders worth over $1 billion to build 2400 MWe of gas-fired plants for American National Power of Texas, and PG&E Generating of Maryland. The plants will be located in Texas, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

• Calpine will build, own and operate a 510 MWe natural gas cogeneration plant at the Los Medanos Energy Centre in Pittsburg, California. Construction of the $360 million facility is underway, with power due to be made available in July 2001. It will provide 60 MWe and 75 000 lb/h of steam to a steel mill owned by USS POSCO Industry, and 450 MWe to California’s power exchange.

• Pinnacle West plans to develop a $1 billion natural-gas-fired power plant capable of generating up to 2120 MWe. The plant will be built with four stages, each of 530 MWe. The first stage is due to be operational in 2003, and the final stage is due in 2007.

• Duke Energy is evaluating Jack County in north central Texas as a potential site for a 500 MWe gas-fired power plant. The plant is due for completion in summer 2000. Duke said the cost of the plant would be $170 million.

• GE Power Systems won contracts worth $290 million to supply gas turbines for combined cycle plants to two IPPs in Texas. Lamar Power in Paris, Texas, and Guadalupe Power in Guadalupe, Texas. The plants will each produce 1000MWe. GE will supply four MS7001FA gas turbines and two 200 MWe steam turbines for each project. Efficiency for the projects will be 55 per cent. The Lamar plant will enter commercial operation in June 2000, and the Guadalupe project is due in January 2001.

• Financial closure for the 228 MWe Pine Bluff Energy Centre project, located next to International Paper Company’s Pine Bluff mill, has been announced. The project is a combined cycle cogeneration plant owned jointly by SkyGen Energy and Coral Energy. Commercial operation is due in the second quarter of 2001.

• ABB Alstom Power won a $24 million contract to supply a wet electrostatic precipitator to the Great Plains Synfuels Plant coal gasification facility, run by Dakota Gasification Company. Commercial operation is due in late 2001.

• Southern Energy is to upgrade its Canal Electric Power Station on Cape Cod to cut SO2 emissions in half, while boosting power output by 665 MWe to 1785 MWe.


• GE will supply two MS6001B gas turbines and uprate seven existing gas turbines for a power plant on Margarita Island off the coast of Venezuela. The turbines will add 70 MWe to the power plant’s output. In addition, GE will uprate the seven gas turbines already operating at the site. When the project is complete in 2000, total plant output will be 227 MWe.