The order is valued at around 700 million euros and was placed by Mitsui & Co. Ltd, Japan, and Gulf Power Generation Co. Ltd.

Alstom will design, build and commission the plant, which consists of two blocks with two gas turbines each, and will be owned and operated by Gulf Power Generation Co. Equipment supplied by Alstom will include four GT26 sequential combustion gas turbines and associated steam turbines and generators. The first block is expected to be in full operation by March 2007, and the second by March 2008. Alstom will also provide major spare parts for the first 12 years of operation.

Philippe Joubert, president of Alstom’s power turbo-systems division, said: “This contract is further proof … that the market has confidence in Alstom’s proven cutting-edge technology.” In fact it is the first order for GT24/26 gas turbines since Alstom completed its GT24/26 rehabiliation process and therefore an important step in the full acceptance of their revamped GT. There are indications that the company is fairly close to finalising another order for three units for a power station in India, and a one-turbine order in Europe.