4 March 2005 – The New Caledonia islands, situated to the east of Australia, are to have their second Alstom coal fired power facility installed, at a new nickel treatment plant.
The 50 MW unit will be identical to the first unit that Alstom supplied the South Pacific Ocean islands with last year. The first unit was scheduled to commence operation in May 2007 and is expected to provide more than 35 per cent of the island’s installed capacity.
New Caledonia’s second Alstom unit will firstly fulfil the energy requirements of the new Goro Nickel treatment plant, located in Prony Bay, and will then supplement the first power plant’s electricity supply to the island’s grid.
The turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract will see Alstom supply one pulverized coal fired boiler, an associated machine room and electrical balance of plant. It is expected to begin commercial operation in January 2008.