Clean Coal Technologies, Coal

China orders large circulating fluidized bed boiler from ALSTOM


April 25, 2003 — ALSTOM reinforces its long-term cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, announcing a contract worth around 65 million euros for a 300 MW circulating fluidized bed boiler for the site of Baima, Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China.

The contract was signed recently in Beijing by Zhao Xizheng, President of the State Power Grid Corporation of China and Patrick Kron, ALSTOM’s Chairman and CEO, in the presence of Wen Jiabao, Chinese Premier and Jean- Pierre Raffarin, French Prime Minister during his official visit to the People’s Republic of China.

Under the terms of this contract, ALSTOM will supply China’s biggest CFB boiler in cooperation with Dong Fang Boiler Group. In addition, a transfer of CFB technology will be granted for 15 years to the three main Chinese boiler manufacturers, Dong Fang, Harbin and Shanghai Boiler Works and the main Chinese Design Institutes.

ALSTOM’s combustion technology allows coal to burn cleanly and efficiently so that in countries with large deposits of coal, such as China, this natural resource can be fully exploited to produce clean energy. CFB technology provides maximum fuel flexibility with very low emissions, as well as high availability and exceptional reliability. It is one of the most efficient and versatile combustion methods for utility-scale steam generation.

At the signing ceremony, Patrick Kron said, “This contract marks a new phase in ALSTOM’s close cooperation with the People’s Republic of China. We are proud that our advanced clean coal technology will contribute towards a cleaner environment and we look forward to a long and successful collaboration with our Chinese partners.”

It is planned that Dong Fang, Harbin and Shanghai Boiler Works will construct several units of this kind in co-operation with ALSTOM in order to ensure the efficient implementation of CFB technology.

ALSTOM is a global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure. The company serves the energy market through its activities in the fields of power generation and power transmission and distribution, and the transport market through its activities in rail and marine. In fiscal year 2001/02, ALSTOM had annual sales in excess of €23 billion and employed more than 118,000 people in over 70 countries.

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