ALSTOM wins order for clean coal-fired power plant in the US

Alstom will supply two CFB boilers and a 520 MW steam turbine generator set

March 21, 2001—ALSTOM has won an order to supply Reliant Energy Seward, LLC, an unregulated unit of Reliant Energy’s Wholesale Group with a 520 MW coal-fired power plant to be built at Seward in Indiana County, Pennsylvania (US).

The total order is valued at approximately 600 million euros (US$550 million), of which ALSTOM’s share is around 260 million euros (US$235 million).

Commercial operation of the new plant is scheduled to begin in May 2004 and will more than double Seward’s current generating capacity. The existing plant will be retired in October 2003.

ALSTOM will supply a single 520 MW steam turbine generator set served by two advanced Circulating Fluidised Bed (CFB) boilers and an emissions control system which includes a selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) system to reduce NOx emissions and flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) to reduce SO2 emissions.

ALSTOM’s CFB technology uses advanced in-furnace combustion control techniques to reduce emissions significantly. When combined with ALSTOM’s high-performance SNCR and FGD technologies as well as particulate control, it enables otherwise waste coals to be used for power generation with exceptionally low emissions levels, able to satisfy the most demanding environmental requirements anywhere in the world today. The use of this technology will thus allow large piles of existing and otherwise waste coal in the area to be cleared in the most environmentally sensitive way.

“This latest order underlines ALSTOM’s world leading position as a supplier of CFB and emissions control technology”, commented Michael Barrett, Managing Director of ALSTOM Power’s Boilers & Environment Segment. “It also reflects the renewed interest in coal fired power plants we are seeing in the US market. Seward will be a showpiece for modern clean coal technologies.” ALSTOM recently completed construction of a similar CFB plant in Maryland and is currently building other units in Mississippi and in Guayama, Puerto Rico, which will be among the largest to be placed in operation in North America.

Extensive Research and Development currently underway to reduce emissions levels even further will ensure ALSTOM’s world leading position in power generation for the future.

Reliant Energy (NYSE: REI) based in Houston, Texas, is an international energy services and energy delivery company with approximately $29 billion in annual revenue and assets totaling more than $32 billion. The company has nearly 13,000 megawatts of unregulated power generation in operation in the U.S. and it has another 6,500 megawatts of unregulated generation in construction or advanced development. The company has a presence in most of the major power regions of the U.S.

ALSTOM is the global specialist in energy and transport infrastructure. The Company serves the energy market through its activities in the fields of power generation, power transmission and distribution, power conversion and electrical contracting and the transport market through its activities in rail and marine. ALSTOM today has annual sales in excess of 20 billion euros and employs approximately 140,000 people in over 70 countries.

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