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Business Briefs

Issue 6 and Volume 102.

Business Briefs

Westinghouse Power Generation received a contract from U.S. Generating Co. to supply a 230 MW 501G combustion turbine and steam turbine generator for the Millennium Power Project in Charlton, Mass. The 350 MW, combined-cycle merchant plant is slated to enter commercial operation in June 2000.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. started its second auction of electric generating plants in Northern California. Five plants with an approximate book value of $850 million are being offered in this auction.

Research-Cottrell announced a multi-million dollar contract for a turnkey reverse gas fabric filter system for South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.`s Canadys Station Unit 3.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently purchased the first fuel cell powered variable message highway sign from H Power for use during the American Tour de Sol.

Babcock & Wilcox Canada will supply four replacement nuclear steam generators to American Electric Power Co.`s D.C. Cook Unit 1 plant in Michigan.

Wisconsin Energy Corp. and ESELCO Inc. received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of their merger proposal, expected to reach completion by the end of June.

Southern Co. launched a new $20 million advertising campaign, discarding its previous campaign featuring electrical cords. The new, global multi-media launch touts Southern`s size and reliability.

The merger of IES Industries and WPL Holdings has resulted in a new company: Alliant, the 30th largest utility holding company in the United States with assets of $5 billion and annual revenues of $2.3 billion.

PECO Energy and UtiliCorp announced plans to restructure their utility marketing partnership, EnergyOne, due to a “no-show” regarding national energy competition.

Nevada Power Co. and Sierra Pacific Resources Corp. have proposed a merger of equals for their contiguous markets.

Texas Utilities Co. won the bidding war for UK-based The Energy Group with a $10.4 billion offer, pushing PacifiCorp out of the battle.

Tejas Gas Corp. has changed its name to Tejas Energy LLC.

Westcoast Power Inc. has signed an agreement with NB Power to convert Courtenay Bay Generating Station Unit 3 from heavy fuel oil to a 280 MW natural gas, combined-cycle unit. The station is in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

The merger of Kentucky Utilities and LG&E Energy is final.

Rolls-Royce has announced a new version of its industrial RB211 engine for the power generation market with an output of 30.8 MW and an efficiency rating of nearly 40 percent. It will be available in 1999.

FirstEnergy Corp. has broken ground on its $184 million Bay Shore-British Petroleum Project, which will include the world`s largest petroleum coke-fired boiler. The boiler, set for completion in 2000, will consume 1,400 tons of coke daily, transported by conveyer from the British Petroleum Toledo Refinery, 1.25 miles away. p