AEP awards Alstom $100 million in power plant contracts

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Levallois Perret, France, November 17, 2009 — American Electric Power will buy steam turbines from Alstom Power for its DC Cook 1 nuclear power plant in Michigan and its Conesville 4 coal-fired generating unit in Ohio.

The replacement of turbines on these units will bring improved performance and reliability. The value of the contracts is more than $100 million.

At the nuclear DC Cook facility, Alstom will provide three replacement low-pressure nuclear steam turbine rotors for unit 1.

At the Conesville 4 unit, Alstom will provide a high-pressure rotor and parts and perform the turbine installation. The retrofit will increase the plant’s efficiency and will help offset the power requirements of the new SO2 scrubber installed at this site.

AEP and Alstom are also advancing carbon capture and storage technology. October 30, Alstom and AEP commissioned a 20-MW installation of Alstom’s chilled ammonia process for CO2 capture at AEP’s 1,300 MW Mountaineer power plant in New Haven, West Virginia.

Mountaineer is the first integrated CO2 capture and storage project at a coal-fueled power plant. The technology will remove an estimated 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from the 20 MW flue gas stream it processes, capturing up to 100,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

At scale, the technology has the potential of being applicable not only for new power plants, but also for the retrofit of existing coal-fired power plants.

 

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