Recent power plant contract awards

23 March 2001


• UK company Rolls Royce is to construct a power plant in Brazil for Electricidade de Portugal subsidiary Energen. The plant will be built at a Petrobras fertiliser factory at Fafen in the state of Bahia.

Under a $44 million contract, the UK company will supply two RB211 gas turbines for the project. Each turbine will fire a heat recovery steam generator. These will supply both process steam and steam for additional power generation in a steam turbine.

The plant is due to be completed early in 2002 but staged commissioning will enable some output before the end of this year. It will be operated by Energen. The project falls under Brazil’s Thermal Electric Programme, aimed at providing additional thermal generating capacity to compensate for periods of low hydro output.


• The environment and sanitary management bureau of Wuhan City is planning to construct a power from waste plant with a capacity to handle 1000 t/day of garbage. The project is being planned as a joint venture and the proposal has been approved with an internal rate of return of 7.82 per cent and a payback period of 11.5 years. A specification is currently being prepared. The plant will employ a fluidised bed gasification system.

Contact Lu Wen, email for more details.


• Foster Wheeler Energia Oy has won a turnkey contract to supply an industrial power plant for the Metsa-Serla Aanekoski paper mills in central Finland.

The contract,valued at $51 million, was awarded by Aanevoima Oy, a joint company founded for this project. Its shareholders are Metsa-Serla (45 per cent), Metsaliitto (20 per cent), Noviant CMC (20 per cent) and Aaneseudun Energia (15 per cent). Design work on the project has already begun and it is scheduled for completion in October 2002.

The new plant will produce steam and electricity for the Metsa-Serla Corp’s pulp and paper mill and electricity for Noviant CMC Oy’s carboxymethyl cellulose production facility. Heat will also be supplied to Aaneseudun Energia Oy, a local power company.

The power plant will comprise a 150 MWt solid fuel fired circulating fluidised bed boiler and a 35 MW turbine generator, the boiler to be fired primarily with bark, sludge, wood residue, packaging and building waste.


• A combined heat and power station for InfraServe Bayernwerk Gendorf GmbH in Gendorf, near Munich, will be supplied under a turnkey contract by Alstom. The project will comprise a GTX100 gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator.

The new equipment will extend an existing chp plant which provides heat and power for InfraServe Bayernwerk’s chemical plan in Gendorf. The unit will provide 43 MW of electricity and around 69 MW of heat as process steam for use in the chemical facility. Commissioning is scheduled for 2002.


• Two Italian municipalities will utilise gas engines supplied by Rolls Royce for heat and power projects. Total value of the two contracts is around $12 million.

In Verona, northern Italy, the UK company will supply nine KVGS-12G3 engines to replace existing units in two district heating schemes run by AGSM Verona.

A similar contract for a cogeneration and district heating programme has been signed with AMPS Parma, the municipality of Parma. Under this deal, Rolls Royce will build a new power plant generating electricity and hot water for the city. Part of the energy output will also be used for waste management. Power for the Parma project will be supplied by a single KVGS-18G3 Bergen engine and supplementary gas-fired boilers.


• The Metropolitan Electricity Authority of Thailand has issued an invitation to tender (tender no WB3-9328-ABX) for a fire extinguishing system for power transformers. Cost of the tender documents is $85 for delivery via special courier. Closing date for bids is 5 April 2001. Interested parties should email [email protected] quoting case no 010104-000042 for details.


• Scottish Power has awarded a contract for substation control equipment to Data Systems & Solutions. The US company will supply the systems to two 275 kV substations at Coylton and Auchencrosh, both part of the Scotland-Northern Ireland interconnector.

The two substations will be fitted with Data Systems & Solutions Activa system and Microsol Inc’s XCell remote terminal units. The new control scheme will control and monitor electricity flow through the interconnector, and supply data to two Scottish Power control centres. Work is expected to be completed by June this year.

• Consulting engineer PB Power has been appointed owner’s engineer and EPC contract manager for a new 75 MW combined cycle power project on the Isle of Man. The scheme is based at the Pulrose station where it will replace an existing plant. The development represents the latest phase of Manx Electricity Authority’s long-term plan to provide a secure, efficient and economical electricity supply for the island which has no indigenous sources of coal, oil or gas.

Natural gas for the station will be brought to the island through a new sub-sea pipeline.

Work has already commenced, with the project due for completion towards the end of 2002. PB Power’s scope will include preparation of the EPC technical specification, evaluation of tenders and contract negotiation as well as construction supervision, commissioning and handover of the power plant.


• Intergen, a Shell and Bechtel company, has ordered 19 heat recovery steam generators from Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. The units, for six different power projects, are valued at around $200 million.

The steam generators will be coupled to GE 7FA gas turbines, the combined units providing over 5000 MW of generating capacity. They are expected by go online during 2003.

• Kinder Morgan has hired Washington Group International to provide engineering and procurement services for two new 550 MW power plants. The natural-gas fired plants are to be located in Wrightsville, Arkansas and Jackson, Michigan, each plant costing around $250 million to construct.

The two plants will employ Kinder Morgan’s Orion technology which is claimed to provide the flexibility of a simple cycle peaking plant with the fuel efficiency of a combined cycle station.

The Arkansas plant is being developed by Kinder Morgan in partnership with Southern Energy Inc. The power station is expected to be on-line by April 2002.

• Black and Veatch will build units 3, 4 and 5 of a new natural gas fired combined cycle power plant for Allegheny Energy Supply, providing complete turnkey services for the scheme near the town of Springdale, Pennsylvania. Maximum plant capacity will be 540 MW.

The station will be powered by two Siemens Westinghouse 501D combustion turbines together with an axial flow condensing turbine. Commercial operation is scheduled for October 2003. B&V’s scope includes engineering, balance of plant procurement, construction, construction management, start-up and commissioning.

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