Ansaldo and FATA win $579m contract in South Africa

Ansaldo Energia, a company jointly controlled by Finmeccanica and First Reserve Corporation, and FATA, a leading designer and builder of industrial plants, have been awarded the contract for the turnkey construction of two open cycle electricity generation plants in South Africa.

A consortium led by GDF Suez awarded the contract to build the $579m plants to Ansaldo.


The plants will be used to help meet the Country’s energy needs during periods of peak power demand from the national grid and it is expected that the Avon plant will generate 670 MW of power in the Durban area, whereas the Dedisa plant will provide about 335 MW of energy to the Port Elizabeth area.

Ansaldo will supply six AE94.2 gas turbines (four for the Avon plant and two for the Dedisa plant), complete with the relative generators and auxiliary systems. The company will also supply the civil works for both sites, in addition to transport, erection and commissioning work for its share of the supply.

FATA will supply mechanical and electric plant in the framework of the overall order, working through the EPC Power division and South African Branch of the company.

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