Alstom has won an order to supply eight new emergency diesel generators (EDGs) to the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong, China, the country’s first EPR-based plant.
The contract was signed between a consortium regrouping Alstom Power Turbomachines, Alstom Wuhan Engineering & Technology Co. Ltd. and MAN Diesel SAS, and an Areva-led consortium with the China Nuclear Power Engineering Co, Ltd. and the owner TSNPC. With a scope of €40 million in the contract, Alstom, as the leader of the consortium will supply the design, manufacturing and procurement for 8 x 9.1 MW EDGs, and provide the on-site support service. These EDGs, the highest unit-output models for similar applications in the world, will be due for commissioning in 2013.
The Taishan project is part of China’s plan to increase its total installed nuclear power generating capacity from about 1.2% to 5% by 2020.
Alstom’s commitment to the project dates back to February 2008, with the supply of two 1,750 MW Arabelle turbine-generator packages for the Taishan plant. This was followed in July 2008 by a €200 million contract with CGNPC for the engineering and procurement of the complete turbine island.
“This contract marks a new step in Alstom’s commitment to the Taishan project and the development of China’s nuclear power generation” declares Guy Chardon, Senior Vice-President, Alstom Power Thermal Products. “As the leading provider to power generation in China, we intend to devote our full range of technologies and know-how”.
The Alstom/MAN (Pielstick) consortium has been the world’s first supplier in integrated EDG packages for nuclear reactors for the last 10 years, and 40% of nuclear plants worldwide now use their equipment. Analysts have predicted that China’s nuclear power equipment market may grow to the scale of CNY400 billion (€40.7 billion) by 2020. The Taishan EDG contract is the second biggest contract, according to contract value, awarded to Alstom-Man in China after the Hongyanhe project in 2007.
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