June 20, 2008
Alstom Consolidates Position As Global Supplier of Reactor Turbine Islands
French engineering major Alstom has consolidated its position as a global supplier of turbine islands for nuclear power plants, with new contracts received from China, Korea and the US. These agreements apply either to new equipment and associated engineering or to the retrofitting of existing equipment.
In China, Alstom has won an order to supply the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC) with two 1,750MW Arabelle turbine-generator packages for the Taishan nuclear plant in the province of Guangdong, the first in the country to use European pressurized reactor technology.
In South Korea, an Alstom-led consortium won a E95 million contract in early 2008 to replace six low-pressure turbines for two units at the Ulchin nuclear plant in the east of the country.
In the US, another key market for the group, UniStar Nuclear Energy (UNE), a joint venture between EDF and Constellation Energy, signed a framework agreement with Alstom in March 2008 for the delivery of four conventional islands using Arabelle technology for the EPR facilities UNE plans to build in the US.
Alstom has also reached a major agreement in February 2008 with US energy provider Exelon to replace steam turbines at three nuclear plants in Illinois and Pennsylvania. The total value of the contract is estimated at E269 million.