ABB Combustion Engineering Systems notes top 1995 projects

ABB Combustion Engineering Systems announced a successful 1995, as the company broke new ground with the introduction of a new fluidized-bed boiler design and an agreement to develop a new boiler technology that promises to improve power-plant efficiency. In May 1995, ABB announced Mitsui & Company Ltd., part of a limited partnership building Indonesia`s first major private power project, had awarded it a (US)$300 million contract for Paiton Units 7 and 8, two 615-MW coal-fired boilers. ABB will begin shipping equipment to the plant site, 100-km southeast of Surabaya in East Java, by mid-1996. Commercial operation of Paiton Unit 7 is scheduled for September 1998, with Paiton Unit 8 following in March 1999. The plant represents the first major development in Indonesia`s efforts to promote private-sector power projects.

In March, Korea Heavy Industries and Construction Company Ltd. (Hanjung) awarded ABB a (US)$19 million contract to design, engineer and supply material and services to what will be the largest and highest pressure circulating fluid bed steam generator in Asia. Construction began in February, with commercial operation scheduled for June 1998. The 220-MWe boiler will incorporate a three-cyclone arrangement and will be fueled by Korean anthracite. The plant will be located in the Province of Kangwon-do, about 200-km east of Seoul.

Also in March, Hanjung awarded a (US)$20 million contract to ABB to design and supply selected components for two 500-MW supercritical boilers to be built at the Hadong Thermal Station. Hanjung will supply the complete steam generators, scheduled for commercial operation in June and December 1998, for installation in the Korea Electric Power Corp. grid.

In April, ABB announced plans to work with Exergy Inc., a USA-based energy research and engineering company, to develop a technology to increase efficiency of direct-fired power plants by 10 to 40 percent. Under the agreement, ABB will have the worldwide rights to apply the Kalina Cycle technology, which uses a mixture of ammonia and water as the plant cycle working fluid, achieving higher efficiency than in conventional direct-fired plants.