POWER Digest (April 2009)

Italy’s Enel Teams with EDF to Build Four EPRs.
Italy’s largest power company, Enel, and Électricité de France (EDF) on Feb. 24 signed the first memorandum of understanding that sets the basis for the development of nuclear energy in Italy by the two companies. Italy’s legislature has yet to formally lift the nuclear ban it instituted in 1987, but when it does, Enel and EDF said they would develop, build, and operate at least four EPR reactors. The first unit is expected to enter service no later than 2020, the companies said.

Doosan Exports First Korean-Made Reactor.
Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction announced on Feb. 9 it had exported to China the first nuclear reactor made in South Korea, using Korean technology. The 600-MW light water reactor will be used for Reactor No. 3, at the Phase 2 project of Qinshan Nuclear Power plant, in China’s Zhejiang Province. The reactor measures 6.3 meters in diameter by 12.4 meters in length and weighs 300 tons. Doosan won an order for the nuclear reactor from China National Nuclear Corp., China’s largest state-run nuclear power company, in August 2005. The reactor will start operation beginning in early 2011, after installation work — expected to take only six months — and test runs have been completed.

Tenaska Contracts Worley Parsons for Taylorville FEED Report.
On Feb. 19 — days after an appropriations bill needed to implement the Illinois Clean Coal Portfolio Standard was signed — Tenaska, managing partner of the Taylorville Energy Center (TEC) project, awarded WorleyParsons a $1.5 million contract to oversee the front end engineering and design (FEED) and facility cost report. If built, $3.5 billion TEC will become one of the first commercial-scale, coal gasification with carbon capture plants in the U.S.

Foster Wheeler Awarded Gasification FEED Contract in South Korea.
Engineering firm Foster Wheeler Italiana, a Foster Wheeler AG group, won a contract from Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. for the FEED and technical services for a new gasification island, based on Shell technology, to be built in South Korea.

The plant is to be built in an existing coal-fired power plant and is partially supported by the Korean government. Doosan is the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractor for the realization of the gasification island of a coal-based integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) plant. Foster Wheeler will undertake the FEED, provide procurement assistance for long-lead items, develop a capital cost estimate, and provide technical training on gasification and technical support during the EPC phase. The IGCC plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

MHI to Build Two 800-MW Supercritical Turbines for India.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. has received an order for two 800-MW supercritical-pressure steam turbines for Andhra Pradesh Power Development Co. Ltd. (APPDCL) of India. The two turbines, slated for delivery in late 2010, are for APPDCL’s Krishnapatnam Thermal Power Project in Andhra Pradesh state, in southeastern India. The new coal-fired power station is being built to ease tight electricity supplies associated with the country’s robust economic growth.

MAN Ferrostaal to build power plant in Trinidad.
MAN Ferrostaal said on Feb. 6 it has received a $700 million order from Trinidad Generation Unlimited, paid for by the Trinidad government, to build a 760-MW gas and steam power plant in La Brea, Trinidad. MAN Ferrostaal has been awarded the project on a full EPC basis. The project is to be undertaken on a phased basis over a period of 30 months with total installed power scheduled to come online in mid-2011. The project represents a significant investment and when realized will increase the total power capacity installed in Trinidad and Tobago by some 50%.