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Upgrading older power plants can be more cost effective than new construction

Because of lower capital cost and shorter downtime, electric utilities are now upgrading their older power plants to boost capacity

ISAB project Under construction

Edison Mission Energy is constructing the ISAB Energy Project, valued at (US)$1.3 billion. The 512 MW independent power project is sited in Sicily, Italy. The project is being constructed by a consortium led by Snamprogetti and Foster Wheeler Italiana under a turnkey construction contract. Commercial operation is scheduled for November 1999. Electricity will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to the Italian state-owned utility.

Business briefs and new business

Edison Electric Institute has announced the first winners of the international "Common Goals" awards program. Korea Electric Power Corp., Alberta Power Ltd. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. were honored for their support and involvement with their customers and communities.

Personnel, promotions and changes

Ingersoll-Dresser Pump Co. has announced senior management appointments for its Asia/Pacific business, including Colin Chua, director, Industrial Pumps; Clive Cowell, director, Engineered Pumps; Diana Chong, director, Finance and Administration; Paul Keck, director, Customer Services; and James Wu, regional sales manager, South East Asia. Ingersoll-Rand Co. has appointed Richard J. Johannessen Jr. to the new position of president, Asia/Pacific.

Business briefs and new business

ABB Turbochargers has opened a service station in Guangzhou, China, to serve the Guangdong area and all of Southern China.

POWER-GEN Americas exposes soft domestic market, overseas opportunities

Competition is seen throughout the electricity industry as power generation attains a global market mind-set

Zinc-air battery study approved in Europe

The Commission of the European Communities has approved a study of its zinc-air battery infrastructure, designed to support the widespread application of electric vehicles using the Electric Fuel Corp. energy system. The study is part of the Thermie program for the promotion of European energy technology, a vital element of the European Community`s strategy to meet its energy needs. Thermie places emphasis on technologies which could help improve the environment, especially those which reduce CO

FACTS will boost transmission capacity and flexibility

Transmission system needs vary widely around the world, and new technology is providing the flexibility to meet those varying demands

Business news and new business

The China International Business Inves-tigation Company Ltd. is now open in Hong Kong to serve overseas businesses working to enter China`s market. Services include investigative reports on business nature, history, background, management and court records, operations, financial status, import and export rights, investment and marketing analyses, sales and purchasing.

POWER-GEN Americas 94 focuses on change and competition

"Toto, I have a feeling we`re not in Kansas anymore," said Christopher Maloney, Mission Energy Co. director of business development. Maloney spoke during a session entitled "A Brave New World: Who will Survive?" during the POWER-GEN Americas `94 conference held Dec. 7-9, 1994, in Orlando, Fla.