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Issue 5 and Volume 100.

New business

Allegheny Power System Inc. has announced plans to buy Duquesne Light Co.`s 50-percent interest in a coal-fired generating unit at the Fort Martin Power Station near Morgantown, W.Va., for approximately $170 million.

B&W Fuel Co. has changed its name to Framatome CogemaFuels to reflect its ownership by Framatome and Cogema.

ABB Power Generation Inc. has been awarded a contract by Fluor Daniel to supply and install a steam turbine at a power generation facility at U.S. Steel Group`s Gary, Ind., manufacturing site. Operation is expected in the second quarter of 1997.

The seven operating companiesof American Electric Power–Appalachian Power, Columbus Southern Power, Ohio Power, Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Wheeling Power and Kingsport Power–have adopted the American Electric Power name and logo.

South Carolina Electric &Gas Co. has received approvalfor a $67.5 million, or 7.34-percent, increase in retail electric rates, tobe implemented in two phases over a two year period.

U.S. Generating Co.`s 330-MW Indiantown Generating Plant in Martin County, Fla., has entered commercial service, selling electricity to Florida Power & Light and steam to a Caulkins Indiantown Citrus Co. processing plant.

Babcock & Wilcox PowerGeneration Group has purchased the assets of Joy Environmental Technologies Inc. from Harnischfeger Industries Inc. Terms were not disclosed.

Union Electric Co.`s 25-year-old Labadie, Mo., generation planthas broken a 20-year-old record by generating more than 13.6 million MWh of electricity in 1995. The 2,236-MW coal-fired plant cost $750 million to build and entered service in 1970.

A generating plant powered by Westinghouse solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) has achieved a power output of 27 kW, a record for a single SOFC module, in tests conducted by Southern California Edison Co. at its National Fuel Cell Research Center in Grand Terrace, Calif.

The American Gas Association s now on the World Wide Webat http://www.aga.com. The American Society of CivilEngineers is on the Web at http://www.asce.org. The Nuclear Energy Institute is also available at http://www.nei.org.

Industry mourns leaders takenin Croatian crash

The electric power community suffered a loss when six industry executives were killed in the April plane crash near Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Robert Donovan, Asea Brown Boveri AG`s top U.S.-based executive, was one of the 33 passengers and crew on the Boeing 737. Donovan was the electrical engineering group`s executive vice president for the Americas and head of ABB Inc. in the United States. Donovan was on the trip to examine ways to help rebuild power systems in Bosnia.

Frank Maier, Enserch International Ltd. president, was traveling to Croatia to secure plans to develop a power plant in that country. He had been with Enserch since 1993 and took the title of president in early 1996.

Leonard J. Pieroni, Parsons Corp. chairman and CEO, had been with the company since 1972. Pieroni joined the other business leaders to bring his firm`s expertise in replacing and reconstructing damaged infrastructure to the mission.

John A. Scoville, Harza Engineering Co. chairman, was on board to explore opportunities to restore civil works in the area. Scoville oversaw all business operations of the $100 million international engineering and environmental consulting firm and had a reputation for innovative problem solving.

P. Stuart Tholan, president of Bechtel Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia, was based in London, and was on the mission to Bosnia and Croatia to see whether Bechtel would be able to help reconstruct the war-damaged infrastructure in the area. He had been with Bechtel for 33 years.

Robert A. Whittaker, chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler Energy International Inc. and a vice president of Foster Wheeler Corp., was traveling with the other executives on a trade and economic mission to the Balkans. Whittaker had been with Foster Wheeler since 1992.