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China

Alstom has won a contract to design and supply two advanced supercritical 900 MW boilers for the new Wai Gao Qiao power station on the outskirts of Shanghai. The plant will enter service in 2004.

EDF wins Rio Bravo contract

Mexico`s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has awarded Electricité de France International the contract for the construction and operation of the Rio Bravo power plant in Tamaulipas State. The contract is the latest of ten independent power projects that CFE is planning to tender this year.

CLE proves its worth

Recent testing at the Esso-Antwerpen cogeneration plant in Anvers, Belgium, has shown that Alstom`s combustion life extension (CLE) system can extend heavy duty gas turbine component life by 24 000 hours.

Peru

Enersur, the Peruvian branch of Belgium`s Tractebel, has awarded Alstom a $33m contract to supply substation and transmission equipment to Enersur`s Ilo 2 project. Alstom T&D will design, manufacture and erect high voltage air insulated substations and transmission lines to link the power plant to the transmission grid of a nearby copper mining company.

Turkey orders CFB plant and signs agreements to lessen dependence on...

The Turkish national power utility TEAS has ordered a $380m power plant from Alstom. The 2x160 MW CFB plant, which will be built in partnership with Teknotes, is the latest of a number of projects announced by the country.

Consolidation in changing markets

The price war in the power generation equipment business means that for many equipment manufacturers, switchgear sales are forming an increasingly vital role in their financial performance. Margins from medium and high voltage electrical equipment sales are expected to continue to outperform those in the power generation industry for some years to come, even in parts of Asia.

Siemens-Westinghouse sees major benefits

Siemens-Westinghouse, the group formed by Siemens` acquisition of the Westinghouse Power Generation, announced the benefits it sees from the deal. Although the integration of the Westinghouse business is likely to take two years and could cost $500m in restructuring, it will generate about $600m in synergies after about four years.

GTCC design forges ahead

Power shortages in many parts of Asia can easily be relieved by short gestation projects such as power barges. A project in India is demonstrating just how quickly these can be turned around. It includes two combined cycle units, and the barges themselves have some innovative design features which will allow the developers to forge ahead into this global market.

Orders growth

Orders booked by Alstom in the first quarter of 1998 reflected strong demand for heavy duty gas turbines. Total orders received rose 63 per cent to $4.4bn. Growth in orders for the transmission and distribution division in the Americas and Europe offset the Asian slowdown.

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