6 March 2006 - Thermal Engineering International, the Californian-based subsidiary of Babcock Power, has been awarded two major contracts for the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station near Bay City, Texas.
The contracts include the design and fabrication of 12 replacement feedwater heater bundles, and 2 Moisture Separator Reheaters (MSR) for Units 1 and 2.
The heater bundles were designed for maximum duty given fixed physical constraints as determined by the original vendor's drawings. The new moisture separator reheaters are replacing existing systems and will include high efficiency vane type separators and redesigned drain systems to improve the plant heat rate and system reliability, while reducing erosion/corrosion on the low pressure turbine blading.
Jon Koenig, President of TEi, stated that, "The design of the replacement tube bundles was facilitated by TEi's strategic purchase of all Westinghouse, Marley Heat Transfer, EFCO, and Struthers Industries feedwater
heater drawings and programmes. Like the feedwater heaters, our MSR design is a result of decades of operating experience and continuous research and development which is unparalleled by any other manufacturer."
The South Texas Project Electric Generating Station (STP) is one of the newest and largest nuclear power plants in the United States. STP's two reactors produce 2500 MW of electricity, enough for more than one million homes and businesses in south central Texas.