Generation, Natural Gas

Alstom to upgrade gas-fired power plant in Thailand

Eastern Power and Electric Co. Ltd (EPEC) has signed a 10-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract with Alstom for its Bang Bo power plant, located at Khlong Daan, Bang Bo Samut Prakan Province, Thailand.

This contract is an extension to the existing O&M contract that expires at the end of March 2013. As part of this contract, Alstom will station permanent employees on site to operate the power plant and carry out all planned and unplanned maintenance at the site. The contract is worth about $122 million.

Built in 2000 by Alstom, the 350 MW Bang Bo combined cycle power plant is based on Alstom’s GT26 gas turbine. As part of this new service contract, Alstom will upgrade the existing GT26 gas turbine with its latest service offering for this fleet — the MXL2 turbine blade and components. Bang Bo will be the first GT26 power plant in Thailand to receive this upgrade. It is due to be installed in 2014.

Thailand boasts East Asia’s largest fleet of Alstom GT26 power plants with seven commercially operational units. Alstom has been present in Thailand for over 40 years and has supplied over 7,000 MW power through its technology. Apart from Bang Bo, Alstom also constructed the 730 MW Bo Win and the 1,600 MW Kaeng Khoi 2 gas-fired power plants in the country.