Alstom to retrofit the low pressure steam turbines in Eskomís Kriel coal-fired power station in South Africa


WEBWIRE – Friday, December 21, 2012

South Africaís largest public utility company, Eskom, has awarded Alstom a contract to retrofit the low pressure steam turbines in its Kriel coal-fired power station. The contract is valued at approximately Ä110 million.

The retrofit on the six 500 MW units at the Kriel power station covers the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 12 low pressure turbine inner modules and the supply of two spare low pressure rotors. Installation is scheduled to begin in June 2014.

The primary focus of the project is to ensure sustainable availability and reliability of the 3,000 MW that the Kriel power station supplies to the national grid. A further advantage is the increase in plant efficiency through the use of state-of-the-art steam turbine technology.

Hans-Peter Meer, Senior Vice President of Alstom Thermal Services stated, ďour cooperation with Eskom on the Kriel refurbishment will help ensure a reliable and sustainable energy supply for South Africa. This project demonstrates Alstomís dedication to not only design and deliver state-of-the-art technology but also to support Eskom and South Africaís objectives in localising expertise in the country through training and the creation of a local supply chain for high tech products.Ē

This retrofit contract follows Alstomís recent successful refurbishment of Eskomís Arnot coal-fired power plant where the total plant capacity was increased by 180 MW. Alstom has also retrofitted steam turbines in Koeberg, South Africaís only nuclear power station and increased its capacity by over 60 MW.

This contract further consolidates Alstomís 100 year presence in South Africa. Eskom is Alstomís largest customer there and one of the biggest globally. Both share a longstanding commitment to ensure a reliable power supply in South Africa, where Alstom-made turbines generate more than 80% of the countryís installed capacity. Alstom is also involved in building the Medupi and Kusile plants which will be Africaís largest coal-fired power stations.



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