Business briefs and new business
Slovenske Energeticke Strojarne a.s. Tlmace has concluded a (US)$160 million contract for reconstruction of Units 5 and 6 for Vojany power plant. It will be the turnkey delivery for two 110 MW units with fluidized bed boilers of 2 x 350 t/h capacity.
Westinghouse Electric Corp. has announced an order from Bechtel Corp. for the 240 MW ThermoEmcali combined-cycle power plant to be sited in Cali, Colombia. Construction is under way with commercial operation expected in May 1998. Westinghouse has also announced a strategic cooperation protocol with Promon Engenharia Ltda. of Brazil, establishing Promon as Westinghouse`s primary local partner there.
The Nuclear Division of Siemens Power Corp. has announced an agreement with Nuclear Fuel Industries of Japan for the supply of uranium conversion services through 2011.
CMS Generation Co. has acquired a 29.5 percent interest in the Magellan Cogeneration Inc. generating plant in the Philippines. CMS also plans to expand the plant from 48 MW to 63 MW in 1998.
The Edison Electric Institute has announced five new affiliate memberships with: Comision Federal de Electricidad, Hydro Quebec, Societe Nationale D`Electricite, South Western Electricity plc and United Utilities plc.
Electricitede France and American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC) have announced a strategic partnership, with Electricite de France purchasing a million shares of AMSC for (US)$10 million.
Yokogawa Electric Corp., Japan, has taken over all shares of GTI Industrial Automation B.V. from n.v. GTI Holding.
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has selected Sargent & Lundy to provide technical advisory services for power generation corporatization and privatization. EGAT is currently 100 percent-owned by the Thai government, controlling all generation and transmission in the country.
Rolls Wood Group Ltd. has been awarded BS EN ISO 4001 accreditation for its environmental management system.
A commercial fuel cell built by ONSI Corp. has set a world record for continuous use. An ONSI PC25 Power Plant, installed by Tokyo Gas Co. at an office building in Japan, operated for 9,500 hours before being shut down for a scheduled inspection required by Japanese regulation. The record-breaking unit first began operation on Sept. 12, 1992, and has accumulated more than 30,000 hours of operation.
Siemens Power Generation Group will play a major role in the comprehensive upgrade of the Oskarshamn 1 nuclear power plant in Sweden, bringing the country`s oldest nuclear plant in line with state-of-the-art safety engineering. The (US)$65 million contract was awarded by OKG Aktiegolag, which has been operating the 465 MW plant for 25 years. The plant is scheduled for at least another 20 years of operation.
The merger of Wartsila Diesel and New Sulzer Diesel is complete. Relevant authorities have issued approvals, and the new group, Wartsila NSD Corp., is operating. Metra holds 87.8 percent of the new company, while Fincantleri owns 12.2 percent.
SunLight Power International has received a (US)$2 million investment from GAIA Kapital to provide photovoltaic electric services to unelectrified communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. SunLight uses fee-for-service in solar electrifications rather than selling the systems.