Mitsubishi Heavy Industries delivers generators to Belgian nuclear station

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has completed manufacture of three steam generators for the power generation plant of Semo S.A. in Belgium. The generators will be installed in the pressurized-water reactor plant at Semo`s Tihange-1 nuclear power station, 70 km southeast of Brussels.

MHI received the order for the three steam generators from Semo in April 1992 for the replacement of its existing steam generators and manufactured them at MHI`s Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works. The shipyard suffered damage to piers, buildings and cranes in the Jan. 17, 1995, Great Hanshin Earthquake, but production facilities had minimal damage. Semo is a joint-venture company of Electricit? de France and Electrabel of Belgium. Seven nuclear power generation plants are operating in Belgium, with Semo owning Tihange-1 and Electrabel owning the other six.

MHI received the contract after an international competitive bid, and the announcement drew attention worldwide as the European order was given to a Japanese company. MHI said the order was made based on the company`s track record of successful delivery and operation in Japan and for price competitiveness.

Tihange-1 was constructed by ACLF Group, a consortium formed by Framatome of France and other firms. The 908-MW facility began operation in September 1975.