Alstom wins nuclear plant equipment order

French energy and transport group Alstom, has won a €65m contract to supply equipment for the new Lungmen nuclear power plant in Taiwan. Alstom said today that it would supply condensers, feedwater heaters and various auxiliary equipment.

The order follows a contract won by Alstom in Taiwan to recondition two 636 MW nuclear condensers and the delivery of heat exchange equipment to a total of seventeen 550-660 MW fossil-fired units in the country.

Lungmen will be Taipower’s fourth nuclear plant and will be made up of two 1350 MW units scheduled for commissioning in 2005 and 2006 respectively. The power plant design is subject to seismic constraints and requires the most exacting standards of quality and reliability.

Taiwan is the second largest producer of nuclear electricity among the developing Asian nations, at 36.9bn kWh and 26 per cent of its total electricity generation in 1999.

In October 2000 Taiwan’s Premier, Chang Chun-hsiung, announced that the Lungmen project would be cancelled, but Taiwan’s highest court ruled in January 2001 that the government’s decision was unconstitutional because the president had acted without approval from the legislature.

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