Alstom gets picked to upgrade steam turbines at Cook 2

26 March 2013

Alstom has won a contract to retrofit the steam turbine at unit 2 of American Electric Power's D.C. Cook nuclear power plant in Michigan, USA.

The project includes the manufacture, supply and installation of a new high pressure (HP) turbine module and three low pressure (LP) inner blocks for the nuclear steam turbine at Cook unit 2.

Alstom supplied the original turbine generator sets for the plant, which entered into service in 1978.

Manufacturing of the retrofit rotors is expected to start "immediately," Alstom said. Installation of the equipment is scheduled during a planned 35-day maintenance outage in autumn 2016.

"The retrofit equipment for D.C Cook unit 2 is expected to add 60MW to its current 1160 MW capacity," said Hans-Peter Meer, senior vice president, Alstom Thermal Services.

Alstom recently completed a similar upgrade at Cook unit 1. Also, in October 2011, it was awarded a major contract to upgrade the low-pressure steam turbines across AEP's fleet of 1300MW coal-fired power plants.

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