10 May 2006 – Alstom has won contracts to build two combined-cycle power plants, based upon a total of four GT26 gas turbines, in central and southern Italy.
The two contracts are worth approximately 470 million euros to Alstom. The first contract, worth more than €300m ($383m), is with Abruzzoenergia S.p.A. to supply an 800 MW power plant at Gissi, in the Abruzzo region of central Italy.
Alstom will design, supply, install and commission the entire power plant, which will be based on two GT26 sequential combustion gas turbines with associated steam turbines and electrical generators.
Alstom will also supply two heat recovery steam generators, air-cooled condenser systems, a state-of-the-art distributed control system and balance of plant.
Gissi is a ‘fast-track’ project, where Alstom will construct the power plant much more quickly than usual power plant projects. The first unit will begin producing power in November 2007 and the second unit in December 2007.
Eurosviluppo Elettrica SpA awarded the second Alstom contract for the construction of a turnkey 800 MW GT26-based combined-cycle cogeneration power plant in Scandale, in the Calabria region of southern Italy.
The contract is worth around €340m, of which Alstom’s share is around 50 per cent. Alstom will supply two GT26-gas turbines, two steam turbines, four Topair generators, two air-cooled condensers, the plant control system and balance of plant for the power island.
The project is expected to be completed in April 2008.
At Scandale, the waste heat produced by the power plant will be re-used for external industrial processes such as wood drying. This increases the amount of fuel converted into usable energy to 75 per cent, as opposed to 56.5 per cent without cogeneration.
The associated long-term service contracts for both power plants are currently under negotiation. Gissi and Scandale follow another Alstom project announced in October last year for the construction of a GT26-based power plant for Energia SpA at Modugno, southern Italy.