22 July 2002 – Alstom has been pre-qualified to bid for the first package of combined cycle power plants under development in China. The package covers ten power plants, totalling more than 8000 MW, which require 23 gas turbines of the GT26 class.

The bidding documents were issued on July 18th and the contract award is forecast for the first quarter 2003 with plant operations will commence from late 2004 to 2006. The Chinese Government has decided to bundle gas turbine power projects in this way in order to secure competitive prices and a high degree of involvement by their domestic manufacturers. Further packages of projects are planned.

In order to qualify for this project, Alstom committed to a progressive increase of GT13E2 and GT26B gas turbine technology transfer to our Chinese partner, Harbin Power Equipment Company (HPEC). Alstom and HPEC have formed a consortium to bid for these projects. The technology transfer is increasing in line with secured orders.

The combined cycle projects will be fuelled by gas from the West to East pipeline or from the LNG terminal being installed in Guangdong Province. China plans to order 8000 MW of gas turbine power plants by 2005 and a further 16000 MW by 2011 in order to reduce the current dependence on coal fired plants and to minimize environmental impact associated with new power generation.