China Sept 02

5 September 2002

Beijing Kejian Electric Power (BKEP) has placed an order worth over E120 000 for 56 dome valves from the UK-based Clyde Bergemann Materials Handling Ltd (CBM). The order brings to 142 the total number of valves ordered by the Chinese company. The new valves will be retrofitted .to pneumatic ash handling systems manufactured by BKEP. The systems collect ash from electrostatic precipitators at the Doutle, Kaifeng and Pushan power stations and convey it to storage silos. BKEP had developed its own pressure-tight inlet valve but it found the CBM design preferable. As a recent experience with locally sourced alternatives was also unsatisfactory, CBM hopes to gain preferred supplier status.

Alstom has pre-qualified to bid for a package of combined cycle power plants under development in China. The package covers ten plants with a total generating capacity of over 8000 MW. It will require 23 GT26 class gas turbines. The contract is expected to be awarded during the firsts quarter of 2003. Plant operation will commence in late 2004. The Chinese government has opted for a package of projects instead of looking for bids for each individual plant in order to secure the most competitive price. In order to qualify, Alstom has agreed to a progressive increase in technology transfer to its Chinese partner, the Harbin Power Equipment Co (HPEC), for GT13E2 and GT26B gas turbine technologies and Alstom and HPEC have formed a consortium to bid for the package. The combined cycle projects will be fired with gas from China's West-to-East pipeline and from a LNG terminal under construction in Guangdong province. China plans to order 8000 MW of gas turbine power plants by 2005 and a further 16 000 MW by 2011 as part of a move to reduce its dependence on coal-fired generation. Further packages of projects are likely.

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