ABB wins US$ 250-million advanced gas turbines order for U.K.

Equipment for 720-megawatt combined-cycle independent power project (IPP) is fifth order for ABB`s latest technology gas turbines

Zurich, Switzerland, April 18, 1996 - ABB, the international electrical engineering company, has won an order for advanced gas turbines and other equipment and services for the 720-megawatt Rocksavage combined-cycle power plant at Runcorn, some 20 kilometers south of Liverpool, UK. The order, valued at approximately US$ 250 million, was placed by power project developer International Generating Company (InterGen) of the U.K. InterGen is co-owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Enterprises and Bechtel Enterprises, both of the U.S.

ABB will supply two 240-megawatt sequential combustion GT26 50-Hz gas turbosets, the associated heat recovery steam generators, one steam turboset and auxiliary equipment, as well as maintenance services. The plant will supply electricity to a nearby chemical manufacturer and to the public grid. ABB`s advanced turbines will make Rocksavage the most efficient combined-cycle power station in the U.K., scheduled to come into commercial service by the beginning of 1998.

ABB`s sequential combustion gas turbines achieve higher efficiencies at both full and part load operation thanks to an innovative design in which fuel is burned in two combustion chambers simultaneously. Compared to conventional turbines, which achieve higher efficiency by increasing firing temperatures in combination with complex and costly cooling technology, the ABB sequential combustion turbine is more reliable, costs less to operate and maintain, and produces lower emissions.

The award is the second-largest for ABB`s advanced gas turbines. To date a total of 13 have been ordered worldwide, including an order for eight 60-Hz GT24 units from Korea Electric Power Corporation. The Rocksavage order comes from one of the world`s leading power developers and was won in an intensely competitive international market. It reflects increasing acceptance of this important ABB technology by the power industry, including independent power producers (IPPs) and their partners in the international financial community. ABB has also received orders for its sequential combustion turbines from utilities in the U.S. and Germany.

ABB`s Power Generation segment employs more than 46,000 people worldwide with orders in 1995 of over US$ 10 billion. The ABB Group employs approximately 210,000 people with orders in 1995 of over US$ 36 billion. (End)

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