Alstom to retrofit the low pressure steam turbines in Eskom`s Kriel coal-fired power station in South Africa

Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:45am EST

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A contract worth €110 million
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France--(Business Wire)--
Regulatory News: 

South Africa`s largest public utility company, Eskom, has awarded Alstom
(Paris:ALO) a contract to retrofit the low pressure steam turbines in its Kriel
coal-fired power station. The contract is valued at approximately €110 million. 

The retrofit on the six 500 MW units at the Kriel power station covers the
supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 12 low pressure turbine inner
modules and the supply of two spare low pressure rotors. Installation is
scheduled to begin in June 2014. 

The primary focus of the project is to ensure sustainable availability and
reliability of the 3,000 MW that the Kriel power station supplies to the
national grid. A further advantage is the increase in plant efficiency through
the use of state-of-the-art steam turbine technology. 

Hans-Peter Meer, Senior Vice President of Alstom Thermal Services stated, "our
cooperation with Eskom on the Kriel refurbishment will help ensure a reliable
and sustainable energy supply for South Africa. This project demonstrates
Alstom`s dedication to not only design and deliver state-of-the-art technology
but also to support Eskom and South Africa`s objectives in localising expertise
in the country through training and the creation of a local supply chain for
high tech products." 

This retrofit contract follows Alstom`s recent successful refurbishment of
Eskom`s Arnot coal-fired power plant where the total plant capacity was
increased by 180 MW. Alstom has also retrofitted steam turbines in Koeberg,
South Africa`s only nuclear power station and increased its capacity by over 60

This contract further consolidates Alstom`s 100 year presence in South Africa.
Eskom is Alstom`s largest customer there and one of the biggest globally. Both
share a longstanding commitment to ensure a reliable power supply in South
Africa, where Alstom-made turbines generate more than 80% of the country`s
installed capacity. Alstom is also involved in building the Medupi and Kusile
plants which will be Africa`s largest coal-fired power stations. 

About Alstom

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission
and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and
environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the
highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power
plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources,
including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of
solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs
92,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of €20 billion and booked
close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12.

Emmanuelle Châtelain, Isabelle Tourancheau
Tel +33 1 41 37 38 /39 95
Sapna Lalwani (Alstom Thermal Power)
Tel +41 79 486 3798
Kobie Hyman (Alstom South Africa)
Tel: + 27 72 643 3431
Delphine Brault
Tel +33 1 41 49 26 42

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