Construction and Contracts

Issue 4 and Volume 105.

Sempra Energy Resources plans to build a $350 million 600 MW natural gas-fired power plant in northwest Mexico expected to begin operation in the summer of 2003. The company said the plant will be connected to the U.S. electric grid through a new 230 kV transmission line. “Electricity from this new power plant can help alleviate California’s energy crisis,” said Donald Felsinger, group president of the parent Sempra Energy.

Framatome ANP has been chosen by Pacific Gas & Electric to supply 106 rod cluster control assemblies to the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant units 1 and 2. The RCCAs will have the Harmoni ion nitrate wear protection feature developed by Framatome in France.

Southern Company spin-off Mirant Corp., formerly Southern Energy, will build a four-unit 320 MW natural gas-fueled power plant in Danville, Va. The plant could eventually have up to 870 MW of capacity when expanded to a combined-cycle configuration. The proposed Danville plant is part of Mirant’s effort to have 30,000 MW of capacity in the U. S. by 2004. As part of the company’s combined-cycle construction plans, Mirant has agreed to buy seven heat recovery steam generators from Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries with an option to buy two additional HRSGs from the Japanese firms.

Duke Energy North America (DENA) will build more than 6,000 MW of new power capacity in time for summer 2002 demand. The new generation will serve markets in the WSCC, ECAR and SERC. The expansion consists of six new merchant facilities totaling more than 4,000 MW at Marcopa, Ariz.; Washington County, Ohio; Hot Spring County, Ark.; Murray County, Ga; and modernization of California’s Moss Landing plant. Duke will announce plans for the remaining 2,000 MW this summer. At the completion of the expansion, Duke’s operating merchant fleet will exceed 15,000 MW.

Orion Power MidWest is converting its Brunot Island Generating Station near downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from a 234 MW oil-fired peaking plant to a 374 MW combined-cycle gas plant. The project is one of five upgrade projects currently underway by Orion Power at plants in the Midwest and in New York City. When completed, the repowerings will provide approximately 2,400 additional MW.

Colorado-based Kinder Morgan Power and the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Companies will build six 550 MW gas-fired power plants over the next three years to serve power-short markets across the nation. Cost of the 3,300 MW of installed capacity will be $1.8 billion. The power plants will be modeled after three facilities Kinder Morgan currently operates in Greeley and Fort Lupton, Colorado.