Coal, Gas

Business Briefs

Issue 4 and Volume 106.

Dresser-Rand has been awarded a contract to supply a 102 MW steam turbine generator set for South Houston Green Power’s Texas City facility. The generator will provide the facility with approximately 2.5 million pounds of process steam per hour, making it the largest pure process turbine generator unit in the world.

German energy firm RWE is buying Innogy, the largest supplier of electricity in the U.K. The deal means more than half the UK power industry will be owned by foreign companies. Another German company, e.on, is expected to complete its takeover of Powergen sometime in April.

Hickham Industries has announced a major capital investment at its LaPorte, Texas facility. Hickham, the world’s largest independent turbomachinery repair company, will soon be offering complete in-house blade manufacturing.

Watlow Process Systems is moving into a larger facility outside of St. Louis to meet growing demand in the power generation industry for skid-mounted thermal processing systems and SCRs.

Believing it can do better than the $225 million offered by General Electric for its wind turbine manufacturing business, Enron is putting it up for auction. Meanwhile, American Electric Power has acquired the coal contracts and marketing network of Enron’s London- and Oslo-based European branches. It has also purchased a 160 MW wind power project in Texas from Enron and the Indian Mesa solar plant near Fort Stockton, Texas.

The U.S. Department of State has awarded Powerware Corporation, a unit of Invensys plc, three contracts worth as much as $125 million for uninterruptible power systems, 50/60 hertz diesel engine generators, generator set overhauls, power transformers, transfer switches and automatic voltage regulators, in addition to a portfolio of end-to-end services.

Metso Automation has received an order for its maxDNA plant automation system to be installed at Owensboro Municipal Utilities’ 430 MW coal-fired Elmer Smith Power Station in Owensboro, Kentucky, where a selective catalytic reactor is being added to Unit 1.

Atlanta-based Mirant has announced it intends to sell Mirant State Line Ventures Inc. to Richmond, Va.-based Dominion. The subsidiary owns the 515 MW coal-fired State Line plant in Hammond, Ind.

Duke Energy Corp. has expressed interest in acquiring four power plants in Northwest Indiana. Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) owns three of the plants and Primary Energy Inc. owns the fourth. Both are subsidiaries of NiSource Inc.