Business news and new business: GE Power Systems was awarded a $120 million contract from

Issue 2 and Volume 99.

Business news and new business: GE Power Systems was awarded a $120 million contract from Hermiston Generating Co. L.P. to supply power generating equipment for a new combined-cycle cogeneration facility in Hermiston, Ore….Power Industry Consultants Inc. has been awarded a contract by LFC Power Corp. to provide operations supervisor support at its 7.5-MW wood-fired plant in Madison, Fla.

Mannesmann Demag, Duisburg, Germany, will acquire Imo Industrials? Delaval Turbine and TurboCare Divisions and Imo?s 50 percent interest in Delaval-Stork, a Dutch joint venture….GE Power Systems was awarded a contract from Tenaska Washington Partners II, L.P., a limited partnership led by Tenaska Inc., Omaha, Neb., to supply power generation equipment….B&W Nuclear Technologies was awarded a contract from Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp., Vernon, Vt., to provide an automated inspection of the feedwater nozzles from the reactor vessel interior.

The River Mountain Pumped Storage Project in Logan County Arkansas, developed by an affiliate of Consolidated Hydro Inc., Greenwich, Conn., recently received a license for construction and operation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission….McNally Wellman recently constructed a continuous barge unloader, located on the Ohio River, near Moundsville, W.Va., to service Ohio Power Co.?s Kammer Plant….Bird Machine Co. has been awarded an upgrade program for the replacement of 40 existing solid-bowl continuous centrifuges, at the Southern California Edison-operated Mohave Generating Station, Laughlin, Nev.

Tenneco Power Generation Co., a unit of Houston, Texas-based Tenneco Gas, has signed a letter of intent to acquire ARK Energy Inc., a power generation company based in Laguna Hills, Calif., for $60 million in Tenneco Inc. common stock and other considerations….Two MS7001EA gas turbines achieved less than 9 ppm NOx and 2 ppm CO at Sierra Pacific Power Co.?s Tracy Station, Reno, Nev….The Illinois Coal Development Board recently approved funding for an environmentally sound low emission coal-fired boiler system.

Four GE MS7001FA gas turbines at the Florida Power & Light combined-cycle facility, Martin Station, Indiantown, Fla., are the first 2,350 F-class machines to achieve less than 25 ppm NOx in continuous base load commercial operation….A joint venture including Entergy Power Group and several other partners, including Japan?s Marubeni Corp., developed a pair of 660-MW, coal-fired generating stations near the city of Taishan in China?s Guangdon Province….Canberra Industries, Meriden, Conn., has received an order from Los Alamos National Laboratory for 14 Alpha sentry continuous air monitors (CAM). The CAM is the result of a cooperative research and development agreement between Canberra, Los Alamos and the Aerosol Laboratory of Texas A&M University.

Johnson Matthey has been awarded a contract by Energy Recovery International, Lincoln, Neb., for the design and fabrication of two identical catalytic converter systems combining selective catalytic reduction systems to control NOx emissions and oxidation catalyst units to reduce CO and volatile organic compound emissions….Southern Electric International Inc. has sold a 50 percent partnership interest in its SEI Birchwood Power Facility, under construction in King George County, Va., to Cogentrix Energy Inc., Charlotte, N.C….The first of two 1,300-MW generating units at Ohio Power Co.?s Gen. James M. Gavin Plant recently began scrubber operation.

Liberty Technologies Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to establish a joint venture with the French utility Electricit? de France to provide predictive maintenance products and related services….Wartsila Diesel International Ltd Oy, Finland, and Cummins Engine Co. Inc., USA, have signed a Letter of Intent to form a 50/50 joint venture to design, develop and manufacture two new families of heavy-duty high-speed diesel and natural gas engines….The Freight Car Division of Johnstown America Corp. has delivered 876 aluminum BethGon Coalporters to American Electric Power, 187 aluminum BethGons to Oklahoma Gas & Electric and 725 steel quadruple car kits to Consolidated Rail Corp.

International Combustion won a contract worth more than $20 million for burners that reduce NOx emissions from power stations….B&W Technologies, in collaboration with its parent company Framatome, has been awarded a contract to remove and replace all the pressurizer heaters at the Tihange 1 pressurizer in Belguim….Wachs Technical Services Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Portland General Electric Co. to provide reinforced concrete segmentation and removal services for the steam generator and pressurizer removal project at the Trojan Nuclear Plant.

Conemaugh Electric Generation Station?s Unit 1 has activated a flue gas desulfurization system to reduce the unit?s SO2 emissions by approximately 95 percent….Niagara Mohwak Power Corp.?s Nine Mile Point One nuclear power plant recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of commercial operation.

The International Division of Babcock & Wilcox has received a contract from Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) to begin the design, manufacture and supply of eight nuclear steam generators. Four will be installed at the utility?s Braidwood Generating Station Unit 1 and the remaining four are destined for ComEd?s Byron Generating Station Unit 1, both located in Illinois….U.S. Generating Co. has begun construction of the Hermiston Generating Plant, a $320 million, 474-MW natural gas-fired cogeneration plant in Oregon….CRSS Inc. and Phillips Coal Co. have joined in an effort to develop a lignite-fire independent power facility in northeast Mississippi