ABB wins U.S. order for advanced GT24 gas turbine

US$ 190-million contract from independent power producer includes power generation equipment and plant construction, operation and maintenance.

Zurich, Switzerland, January 21, 1998 - A consortium led by ABB, the global electrical engineering group, has won orders to build, maintain and operate a 270-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in Massachusetts in the U.S. The total orders are valued at about US$ 190 million and were placed by Berkshire Power Company, LLC. The plant will be located in Agawam, 160 kilometers west of Boston. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 1998 and commercial operation in late 1999.

The plant, owned by El Paso Energy and PDC Berkshire Power, will provide electricity to the deregulated New England market.
ABB, in a consortium with Black & Veatch Construction Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri, will supply a complete combined-cycle power plant consisting of a GT24 advanced gas turbine, a steam turbine, a generator, heat recovery steam generator, the overall power plant control system as well as the engineering for the power island. ABB is also responsible for the commissioning of the plant and in addition will operate and maintain the plant for the first 10 years. The power plant will incorporate ABB’s advanced gas turbine technology with low-NOx burners which, in addition to low emissions, achieve high thermal efficiency and reduced operating costs. Black & Veatch Construction Inc. will provide the balance of plant equipment and will be responsible for the engineering of their scope and the installation of the entire plant.
ABB Power Generation Segment employs more than 43,000 people world-wide with orders in 1996 of US$ 10 billion. The ABB Group employs approximately 216,000 people with orders in 1996 of
US$ 36 billion. (End)

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