Recent power plant contract awards21 February 1999
AustraliaStanwell Corp is checking the feasibility of a $30-40 million 20 MWe wind farm in north Queensland. The proposed site is at Windy Hill on the Atherton Tablelands. A new A$6 million solar power plant will be built at the Stanwell power plant, in Queensland. The plant will generate 5 MWe when complete. Stage 1 is due to start in the second half of 1999. Full operation is due by the end of 2000. Queensland plans to turn scrap sugar cane into electricity. The 30 MWe Rocky Point project will be the largest renewable generation facility in Queensland.
IndiaCMS Energy, Unocal Bharat, Woodside Petroleum and Siemens Power Ventures won a $1.6 billion contract for a 1886 MWe power plant and supply of 2.5 million tons per year of liquified natural gas at Ennore, Tamil Nadu. Financial closure is expected by the end of 2000, with commercial operation due by mid 2003. India's Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation will float a tender for a 600 MWe private hydro plant at Malshej in Pune district on a BOT basis. Marubeni, Stone & Webster, and MHI won a $328 million contract for a 330 MWe gas/naptha plant in Pillaiperumanallur in Tamil Nadu. Operation is due in April 2001. Initially, the plant will operate on 100 per cent naptha, later switching to a 30/70 naptha/gas mixture.
SpainLurgi Lentjes won two contracts for biomass-fired power plants, with a total value of DM90 million, and will be the largest power plants in Europe exclusively fired with biomass. The two plants, at Pedro Abad and Baena, both have an output of 25 MWe, a steam volume of 110 t/h at 62 bar and 455°C. The fuel used in the two plants will be the residue of processed olives. Nordex won a contract for 25 wind turbines of 600 kWe each for a site near Zaragoza. The wind farm is due to be on-line by August 1999.
USAIllinois Power will build a 176 MWe plant in Tilton, Illinois, with four gas turbines. The project will cost $82 million. Operation will start in June 1999. Dynergy and Nicor will jointly build a 250 MWe natural-gas plant in East Dundee, Illinois. The Rocky Road Power Plant will be in service in summer 1999. Wisconsin Electric will expand its Germantown power plant from 214 MWe to 349 MWe. The $60 million project will convert the plant to gas, with oil as a back-up. Wisconsin Electric said the installation of an additional turbine and inlet coolers for existing turbines are due for completion in June 2000. Inlet coolers will be installed on the new turbine in August 2000. Primary Energy and Amoco will build a gas-fired cogeneration facility at Amoco's Whiting refinery. The plant will generate 550 MW. Trigen Cinergy Solutions has won a 15 year contract to install and operate a 10.4 MW CHP plant at Millennium Inorganic Chemicals' Hawkins Point Plant. Startup is due by the end of 1999.