19 June 2002 – Alstom said today is has been awarded a refurbishment contract worth €70m by Flinders Power Partnership (part of the NRG Energy group of companies), covering the refurbishment and life extension of the existing four turbines and six boilers at the Playford ‘B’ power station in South Australia.

The scope of supply covers the boiler island, turbine and generator island, fabric filters, ash and dust, major control and instrumentation upgrade, electrical plant, coal handling plant, civil and structural, fire detection and protection and balance of plant. The work, which began in April 2002 and is scheduled for completion by August 2004, will enable the plant to take on an intermediate role in the National Electricity Market.

David Wilson, Managing Director for Alstom Power’s Customer Service in Australia, commented, “This project is a precursor to activities over the next five years in which much of Australia’s ageing plant will need refurbishment or upgrade. The project is the largest of its type in Australia and one of the largest refurbishment projects for Alstom worldwide.”

NRG acquired the 4×60 MW Playford power station in 2000 as part of its acquisition of the Flinders Power Assets from the South Australian Government. The plant was originally commissioned in the mid-1960’s and the planned refurbishment will improve plant reliability and significantly reduce environmental impact.

Alstom is also involved in several new turnkey projects in South Australia.