ABB consortium wins order for 775-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in Argentina

ABB to deliver advanced gas turbines to independent power producer (IPP) for one of Argentina's largest combined-cycle plants

Zurich, Switzerland, January 13, 1997 - A consortium including ABB, the international electrical engineering company, has won an order to build a 775-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in Argentina. The US$ 235 million order, of which the ABB share is about half, was placed by Central Dock Sud S.A., an independent power producer comprising the companies Endesar and Astra, together with Argentinian minority shareholders. Endesar is affiliated with the Spanish electrical utility Endesa, and Astra is a subsidiary of Repsol, Spain. The power plant, to be located in Buenos Aires, will be one of the largest and most efficient combined-cycle plants in Argentina. The order was won with ABB's latest generation of high-performance GT26 advanced gas turbines in an intensely competitive international market. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in April 1997 with electricity from the first turbosets to be available within 24 months. The total plant will be completed in 26 months.

ABB will supply two type GT26 sequential combustion gas turbines, one steam turbine, the electricity generators and the overall power plant control system. When fully operational the plant will achieve an overall efficiency of nearly 58 percent, much higher than conventional power plants. This will provide a crucial advantage in Argentina's deregulated power market to ensure competitively priced electricity and maximum power output over the lifetime of the plant.

ABB's sequential combustion gas turbines achieve higher efficiencies thanks to a unique 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. ABB has received previous orders for this technology from utilities and IPPs in the USA, Germany, South Korea, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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 217,000 people with orders in 1995 of over US$ 36 billion.
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