SPX wins $17MM supply contract for 600MW coal-fired power plant in China

Source: SPX Corporation 

SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPW) announced that its Thermal Equipment and Services segment has been awarded a contract worth approximately $17 million from the China Datang Technologies & Engineering Co. to manufacture and install an indirect dry cooling tower (IDCT) system for the DatangWu'an power plant. 

The DatangWu'an facility is a 2x300 MW coal-fired power plant in the Hebei Province of Eastern China. The two-unit IDCT system is expected to be operational sometime early next year. 

Designed for large power plants located in areas that are arid or subject to restricted water usage, this indirect dry cooling tower system features SPX's patent-pending Mega Delta technology. This technology utilizes a traditional steam surface or jet condenser, a circulating water system and fin tube bundles to dissipate the waste heat using the natural draft created by the concrete cooling towers. 

While a two-unit project traditionally requires two housing towers, SPX will design the Wu'an power plant's dual-tower IDCT system for installation in a single tower. Using a single tower instead of two for the dry cooling system will reduce tower construction costs and require a smaller plot of land to be used at the plant site. 

"Serving two power plant units with a single indirect dry cooling tower system is a significant operational undertaking that requires us to leverage our dry cooling engineering expertise," explained Drew Ladau, SPX segment president. "To help ensure our performance standards under dual operation, especially in the event of one unit's shutdown, we have designed a complex and innovative engineered water distribution system." 

This newest agreement marks the fourth IDCT contract awarded to SPX Cooling Technologies in China in recent years. SPX has been contracted to supply IDCT cooling systems for other power plants located in Tongchuan, Qingling and Zuoquan. 

"Earlier this year, the Chinese government announced its desire to reduce water use per unit of energy output by 7% in 2011, and we believe that leveraging dry cooling systems, which require far less water to operate than wet cooling systems, can help play a role in achieving China's water conservation goals," added Ladau. 

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