Fluor to design new 350MW gas-fired power plant in the Netherlands

Source: Fluor Corporation

Fluor Corporation  (NYSE: FLR) announced it was awarded a six-month early engineering works contract by Tata Steel for a new production gas fired power plant to be built at IJmuiden in The Netherlands. Fluor will book the undisclosed engineering services contract value in the first quarter of 2011. The engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) phase is expected to commence at the end of 2011.

The 350-megawatt power plant will take waste process gas from the adjacent Tata Steel mill as fuel to produce electric power and steam that will be fed back to the steel plant. The award follows the completion of configuration studies for Tata Steel at the end of last year, which evaluated a number of boiler and steam turbine arrangements.

“We are very pleased that Tata Steel has selected Fluor for this power project in Europe. This will be our first project for Tata Steel, and our goal is for this to be a beneficial relationship for both companies,” said Dave Dunning, president of Fluor’s Power Group. “We have had an operations centre in The Netherlands for more than 50 years, and our project team is committed to the successful execution of this important project.”

Work has begun on the design engineering of the plant at Fluor’s Haarlem office in The Netherlands, which is located about 20 kilometers from the project site. The Haarlem office will lead execution of the project supported by the company’s New Delhi office. During the six-month early engineering works, all significant equipment and subcontracts will be bid and evaluated in order to finalize a lump-sum EPC contract for the project. Design engineering will proceed as much as possible to support the project’s construction and commissioning schedule. The power plant is estimated to begin commercial operation in 2015.

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