Alstom selected to build new uk gas fired power plant

19 June 2006 – Alstom has won a contract worth more than €400m ($505m) to build a turnkey 885 MW GT26-based combined-cycle power plant for UK utility Centrica at Langage, Devon, in the South West of England.

Alstom will design, supply, install and commission the entire power plant, including the site preparation, civil works and the testing of the plant. It will supply two GT26-gas turbines, one heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), a single steam turbine and a large air-cooled condenser.

Alstom will also provide maintenance and operation support to Langage for an initial 12-year period under a long-term service agreement.

The power plant will meet stringent environmental criteria and be considerably smaller in size, height and area than similar plants. Environmental requirements for the plant will mean that it achieves a very low level of NOx and CO emissions and will be designed to blend in with the surroundings.
The South West region of the UK has little existing generation capacity and the new plant will reduce the need to import power from the rest of the country and hence reduce transmission costs.

The plant is scheduled to be commercially operating during winter 2008/2009. It is the first large scale project to be built in the UK in five years.
Philippe Joubert, President of Alstom’s Power Turbo-Systems/Power Environment Sector said : “Winning this new contract strengthens our position in the UK market, confirms the leadership of our best-in-class GT26-turbines and highlights our ability as a plant integrator to deliver turnkey plants on a fast-track basis”.

Walter Graenicher, President of Alstom ‘s Power Service said: ” We are proud that Centrica has again entrusted Alstom with the long-term operation support and maintenance responsibility for this new plant. This success is based on our extensive experience servicing F-Class GT/CC power plants, which Centrica perceives as bringing high value that significantly supports the success of their business.”