Recent power plant contract awards20 December 1998
• Khulna Power Company has announced construction of a 100 MWe barge mounted power plant with Wärtsilä NSD, due to enter operation by August 1999.
• GE won an order for two 6FA gas turbines to expand the Santa Cruz plant.
• NRG Energy will construct a new $500 million lignite fired 400 MWe power station in Saxony-Anhalt. Operation is due to start in 2000.
• Siemens will supply a 150 MWe V94.2 gas turbine for the 430 MWe combined cycle power plant in Faridibad. The second gas turbine, steam turbine and three generators will be supplied by BHEL.
• Siemens won an order from PT Mandau Cipta Nusantara for a cogeneration plant to be located in Sumatra. The North Duri Cogeneration plant will be powered by three 121 MWe 501D5A gas turbines.
• EDF has won a $220 million contract for a 495 MWe natural gas plant at Rio Bravo in the state of Tamaulipas.
• Alstom and Vivendi signed a £200 million contract for a 230 MWe petroleum coke power plant. Construction is scheduled to begin in Agust 1999, with plant start-up due in February 2002. Alstom claims the plant will be the largest petroleum coke-fired plant in the world to date.
• Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise and Yunnan Machinery & Equipment I&E Corp (YMEC) of China have signed a $160 million deal to develop Myanmar's first underground hydroelectric power plant. The 280 MWe Paunglaung Hydroelectric Power Project is due for completion in 2002.
• Mobil won approval to build a wholly-owned 350 MWe plant at Bonny in south eastern Nigeria. No other details have been given.
• Toshiba Corp has won a contract for three turbines and generators for a 345 MWe hydroelectric project.
• Entergy, Raytheon and Mitsubishi signed a contract to build a gas-fired 775 MWe merchant power plant at Damhead Creek, near London. Entergy has announced that it has signed a long-term gas suuply agreement for the power plant with Shell Gas Direct.
Commercial operation is due in the fourth quarter of 2000.
Demand from the USA for gas turbines has been very strong in recent months. GE attributes this to the following factors: • Uncertainty on deregulation for the past 3 years caused many utilities to delay new purchase. Utilities and IPPs are now looking for fast-track development.
• Reserve margin decline has increased risk of power interruption. Some sites are investing in generation.
• Economic displacement of existing plants has resulted in utilities buying higher efficiency equipment.
There is significant activity on combined cycle units in the Southeast, Northeast and Texas. GE has commitments for 70 gas turbines from the Southeast alone.
• GE won a contract for 3 MS7001FA gas turbines and one 390 MWe steam turbine for Tenaska Frontier Generation station in Texas.
• GE won an order for four 7FA gas turbines and two steam turbines for two Southern Company plants, in Bucks, Alabama and in Escatawpa, Mississippi.
• GE won an order for one 7FA gas turbine for Piolsky Energy's Depere Energy Centre, Wisconsin.
• Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company will build a $90 million 42 MWe cogeneration facility in Mt Vernon, Indiana. The facility will use clean coal technology.
• Empire District Electric Company (EDE) will add 350 MWe to its State Line power plant near Joplin, Missouri, for $180 million. It will buy a 150 MWe gas turbine and a 200 MWe steam turbine from Siemens Westinghouse, to be added to the 150 MWe gas turbine already at the plant.
• Siemens Westinghouse won a contract for turnkey construction of a 525 MWe combined cycle plant in Oklahoma for AECI. Operation is due in July 2000.
• Siemens Westinghouse won an order for a 217 MWe simple cycle unit for Oglethorpe Power Corporation in Georgia.
• Siemens Westinghouse won a $100 million order to supply equipment for a 510 MWe expansion of the 240 MWe gas-fired power plant in Pasadena, Texas. The project is scheduled for commercial operation in June 2000. The contract includes a 12 year maintenance agreement.
• MCN Energy and Cobisa Corporation achieved financial closure on a joint venture to build, own and operate a 140 MWe plant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The $60 million gas fired peaking facility is backed by a long-term power purchase agreement with Public Service Co of New Mexico. Completion is due in May 2000.
• Columbia Electric Corp of the US and Westcoast Power of Canada will develop a 500 MWe gas-fired plant in Pennsylvania. Each will own a 50 per cent interest in the $300 million plant. The Liberty Electric Power Plant is due for completion by mid 2001, and will be constructed next to PECO Energy's Eddystone Generation Station.
• Siemens Westinghouse has won a contract to supply three 166 MWe gas turbines to LSP Energy in Batesville, Mississippi. The value of the contract is over $70 million. Commercial operation is due in the summer of 2000. Power will be sold to Wholesale Power Group, the power marketing division of Virginia Electric and Power Company, and Aquila Power Corporation/Utilicorp United.
• The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has won three contracts in the US valued at a total of $60 million: two projects of 10 and 12 MWe to Minnesota, and one project of 45 MWe to California. The turbines, of 600 and 660 kW size, will be delivered by early 1999.
• NEG Micon has won three orders for a total of 183 of 700 and 750 kWe capacity wind turbines. The projects are: • South West project in Texas: 75 MWe for Florida Light and Power • West Winds: 45 MWe project in Palm Springs for SeaWest • Lakota Ridge: 11 MWe project in Minnesota for Northern Alternative Energy.
All three orders are due for delivery in early 1999.