Coal, Gas

Update: Construction and Contracts

Issue 8 and Volume 106.

Calpine has broken ground on the 600 MW Metcalf Energy Center in San Jose, Calif., with operation expected in the summer of 2004.

Black Hills Energy Capital is adding 240 MW to its existing 60 MW cogeneration plant in North Las Vegas, Nev.

Cinergy’s energy merchant business unit has selected LASCOM’s Advitium project management program for its project collaboration tool initiative. The program, which LASCOM recently introduced to the power industry, has been used in the aerospace, defense and transportation industries helping users manage product and project information, including managing configurations as-designed, as-installed, and as-maintained.

Construction has begun on SCANA Corp.’s 875 MW natural gas and oil-fired plant in Hardeeville, South Carolina. The $450 million project is being engineered and constructed by Duke/Fluor Daniel. The plant is being upgraded from its original 600 MW to 875 MW due to high demand for power in the area.

Siemens Power Generation will build the world’s largest turbine-generator with a backpressure turbine in the pulp and paper industry – 150 MW – for Finland’s Wisaforest pulp facility.

SmartSignal will provide Dynegy, APS and Calpine with its Equipment Condition Monitoring (eCM) fault detection software, which provides advanced early warning of abnormal machine and process behavior that may lead to failure. Dynegy will use SmartSignal technology to monitor combustion turbine and related equipment at peaking and intermediate facilities. APS will apply SmartSignal technology at its Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. Calpine is evaluating eCM on three gas turbines and two steam turbines in Pasadena, Calif.

Reliant Energy is installing selective catalytic reduction units at four power stations in the Houston area. Sargent & Lundy is providing engineering and design and Babcock & Wilcox is installing the equipment. The plants being retrofitted are San Jacinto Cogen, Cedar Bayou, PH Robinson and WA Parish.

GE Power Systems has received a $3.8 million contract for a generator refurbishment project at the Grand Coulee Power plant in Washington State. GE will supply two identical 125 MVA, 13.8 kV generator stator cores and windings for the refurbishment project. GE Power Systems has also been awarded a contract valued at $11.9 million to refurbish five hydro units operated by Statkraft SF of Norway.

Due to what the company says are unexpectedly low wholesale energy prices and decreased energy trading, Allegheny Energy has canceled a 1,080 MW project in La Paz County, Arizona and the 88 MW second phase of a 630 MW project in Saint Joseph County, Indiana. The first phase of the Saint Joseph Project is a 560 MW combined-cycle plant expected to be providing power to the Indiana grid by May 2004.