18 October 2002 – Alstom has been awarded two contracts to supply biomass cogeneration power plants to Central Thailand, one to Dan Chang Bio-Energy Co. Ltd in Suphan Buri province and a second one to Phu Khieo Bio-Energy Co. Ltd in Chaiyaphum Province.

Both of these are special purpose companies belonging to Mitr Phol Sugar Corp., Ltd. Thailand’s leading sugar manufacturer, which produces over one quarter of all sugar processed in the country. The plants will be fast tracked and are expected to be operational by early 2004. The plant configuration for the projects is identical and will establish a standard for such plants in the future.

At each of these plants, biomass comprising bagasse (sugar cane waste) and rice husks will fuel two boilers specifically designed for this duty. The boilers will deliver steam to an Alstom advanced steam turbine generator rated at 40MW. Process steam will be extracted from the turbine for sugar refining.

The orders were secured by the Industrial Boilers & Plants Business recently created within Alstom. “The synergies created by this new business were a significant contributor to our ability to win this order against international competition”, says Graham Salter, Managing Director of the Business.

The development and construction of biomass-fuelled green energy power plants is currently one of the Thai Government’s highest priorities and the Dan Chang and Phu Khieo plants will be among the largest power plants of this type in Thailand.

The success of the Alstom-built and recently commissioned Rocky Point biomass-fired cogeneration Plant in Queensland, Australia, was a major consideration in the award of the order for Mitr Phol Sugar. Operational since 2001, this 30MW plant was the first of its kind to be installed in Australia.