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.

Black & Veatch has created Black & Veatch Czech Republic a.s. and opened a regional office in Prague. The new company has announced two joint ventures with Prague Investments a.s., a local real-estate developer.

Rolls-Royce`s International Combus-tion and the Energy and Environmental Research Corp. have formed a strategic alliance to offer advanced Low NOx control technologies worldwide.

Electricité de France and Edison have purchased 75 percent of the shares of Ilva Servizi Energie (ISE), an Italian electricity generating company in Milan. The transaction was carried out through Finel, a firm in which Edison, Italy`s largest private-power producer has a 60 percent stake, with Electricité de France owning the remaining 40 percent. ISE has four power plants with a combined capacity of 600 MW and is building another 500-MW cogeneration combined-cycle plant that is expected to go on line in late 1996.

Shandong Huaneng Power Develop-ment Company Ltd. is reported to have government approval for construction of the 600-MW Weihai Phase II plant.

ABB Kraftwerksleittechnik GmbH, Mannheim, Germany, has received the EU-Eco-Certificate, making it the first company within the field of power plant control and automation worldwide to have successfully completed the corporate environmental performance audit in accordance with the EU-Eco Audit Directive.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. has announced a license and technical assistance agreement with Sree Rayalaseema Power Corporation Ltd. (SRPCL) of Kurnool, India, granting SRPCL rights to use MHI technology to manufacture and sell wind turbine generators during the next five years.

GE Electrical Distribution and Control has agreed to acquire the low-voltage electrical equipment and components business of AEG, the Daimler-Benz subsidiary based in Frankfurt, Germany. AEG Low-Voltage will become part of GE Power Controls, with European headquarters in London. GE has also finalized acquisition of Multilin, a global supplier of protection relays, from Derlan Industries Ltd. of Canada.

Cooper Industries Inc., USA, has signed a letter of intent with ABB, Germany, to acquire ABB`s CEAG electrical products operation.

Electric Power Development Co.`s PFBC plant at the Coal Utilization Research Center, Wakamatsu, Japan, has received an Innovation in Engineering award from the Japanese Association for the Promotion of Engineering. The plant was delivered in 1993 by Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries and ABB Gadelius K.K.

Personnel promotions, appointments, awards

Jerzy Lepecki, Brazil, will retire as CIGRE president and John Banks, UK, will retire as treasurer at the 1996 Paris meeting. A new administrative council will be elected at the same meeting. Executive Committee suggestions are: Michel Chamia, Sweden, president; Andre Merlin, France, Technical Committee chairman; and Professor Y. Sekine, Japan, treasurer. Yves Porcheron, CIGRE secretary general will retire in 1996 and Yves Thomas of Electricité de France will be his successor.

Karl G. Van Orsdol has been named senior manager, Internal Relations for the Electric Power Research Institute, which is based in the United States of America.

Deryk King has been appointed managing director of PowerGen plc, the UK power generation company. Sir Colin Southgate will stand down as chairman at the end of this term, at PowerGen`s annual general meeting in July. He will be succeeded by Ed Walis, who will retain responsibility for strategy and external relations.

Wayne C. Thompson has been named managing director of Coastal Corp.`s recently established business-development office in Australia.

Harvey Parker has been appointed CEO for the recently privatized United Energy in Melbourne, Australia.

Elsag Bailey Process Automation, the Netherlands, has announced four key assignments in its Engineering and Research & Development group. They are: Richard Allenson, Systems Development Engineering director; Thomas Fink, Consoles and Tools Development Engineering director; Edward Mallinak, senior system architect; and Anne Poorman, Applications Product Development Engineering director.

Dr. David G. McAlees has been appointed executive director of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Division of the Siemens Power Generation group. He will retain his position as senior vice president and general manager of Siemens Power Corp.`s Nuclear Division, headquartered in the United States of America.

Charles K. Dempster has been elected chairman and CEO of UtiliCorp U.K. Inc., a subsidiary of USA-based UtiliCorp United.

CIRED has issued a call for papers for the 14th International Conference on Electricity Distribution to be held at the International Conference Center , Birmingham, June 2-5, 1997. Six sessions are planned, covering: substations; disturbances and overvoltages; cables and overhead lines; operation, control and protection of supply systems; utilization and applications of electricity; and study and planning of supply systems. Prospective authors are invited to contact CIRED `97 Secretariat, c/o IEE, Savoy Place, London WC2R OBL, UK, or telephone +44 (0) 171-344-5477, fax +44 (0) 171-240-8830 or e-mail conference@iee.org.uk.