Alstom takes lead to build 1000MW supercritical coal-fired power plant in Malaysia

Source: Alstom

In a project worth about €1 billion (US$1.42 billion) in total, Alstom has signed a power plant contract worth the equivalent over €650 million (US$925 million) with TNB Janamanjung Sdn Bhd to provide key power generation equipment to South East Asia’s first 1000 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant Manjung, Malaysia. The unit will be the single largest one in South East Asia and will produce enough electricity to power nearly 2 million households in Malaysia. The contract is booked in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2011/2012. 

Supercritical power plants operate at a higher temperature than regular coal-fired power plants. The high temperature increases the pressure at which they operate, which in turns improves their efficiency, increasing the amount of power output and decreasing emissions per unit of fuel burned. 

TNB Janamanjung Sdn Bhd. a subsidiary of Malaysia’s state-controlled power generation, transmission and distribution company Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), has awarded the turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Alstom and its consortium partner, China Machinery Import and Export Corporation.

Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will engineer, procure, construct and commission a 1000 MW steam turbine, a generator, a supercritical boiler and auxiliaries. Alstom will also supply and install its latest ALSPA® Series 6 Distributed Control System, and environmental control systems to cut emissions.

The plant is expected to come online in 2015 providing an extra 1000 MW of power to the Malaysian grid.
The contract follows TNB’s 1999 contract with Alstom to build the currently operating 2100 MW Manjung coal-fired power plant. The three 700 MW units, which came into operation in 2004, use Alstom’s clean coal combustion technology and Alstom’s market leading environmental control systems. 

Philippe Joubert, Alstom Power President, highlighted how Alstom’s clean power solutions are supporting Malaysia’s growth, saying: "This deal is yet another step in a long and productive partnership with TNB as we continue in our mutual quest to deliver cheaper, cleaner power to Malaysian consumers and businesses. Our market-leading supercritical technology will reduce emissions from Manjung while providing additional capacity to meet strong demand in one of the world's fastest-growing economies. This contract demonstrates Alstom’s successful strategy in Asia enabling us to offer competitive solutions through local industrial set-ups and partnerships.”

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