Calpine Corporation, the California-based power company, announced Tuesday that it had placed orders for 19 steam turbine generators from Toshiba international corporation. Earlier this month Calpine agreed a 27 steam turbine order with Siemens Westinghouse.
Calpine has placed the orders to ensure access to the major equipment necessary to attain the company’s goal of operating 70 000 MW of electrical generation by the end of 2005. This latest order represents 3800 MW of generation capacity to help power Calpine’s expanding North American portfolio. The Siemens Westinghouse order was for turbines capable of generating up to 5400 MW.
Calpine’s agreement with Toshiba provides for the first equipment deliveries to occur as soon as December 2002. Another 15 steam turbines will be delivered in 2003, with the balance received by the end of 2005.
“Calpine has launched the largest construction program ever undertaken in the history of the power industry,” stated Doug Kieta, Calpine’s senior vice president – construction. “We have the equipment, the projects, the financing and the industry’s best construction management team in place to meet our 70 000 MW operating goal. In 2001 alone, we’re bringing 15 plants on line, adding 5,800 megawatts of generation.”
With 30 new power plants under construction, Calpine expects to bring more than 17 000 MW of power to the market by year-end 2003. The company’s announced development program includes 17 new facilities that will generate approximately 14 600 MW of additional capacity.
Part of Calpine’s growth strategy is based upon the construction of new, highly efficient power projects. This approach includes designing energy centres that pair a steam turbine with one or more gas turbines in a combined-cycle configuration. In this application, hot exhaust from the primary power production phase is captured, used to create steam, and directed through a steam turbine for a second phase of electrical production. By doing so, Calpine’s combined cycle energy centres can be up to 40 per cent more efficient than existing single cycle facilities and reduce the consumption of natural resources.
Separately, Calpine announced Thursday that construction is under way for its 750 MW Pastoria Energy Center located thirty miles south of Bakersfield, California. The project is being built on property leased from the Tejon Ranch Corporation and is projected to be on line in the summer of 2003.