Foster Wheeler’s Global Power Group will design and supply two circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) boiler islands and flue gas scrubbers for the Hidro-Gen Soma thermal power plant in Manisa, Turkey.

The contract has been awarded to a subsidiary of Global Power by Harbin Electric International (HEI), which is acting as the EPC contractor for the project of Hidro-Gen Energy Import, Export, Distribution and Trading, a subsidiary of Kolin Group of Companies.

Pursuant to the contract, Foster Wheeler will deliver two 255MWe steam generators and auxiliary equipment for the boiler islands, which are designed to burn local lignite, flue gas cleaning systems with CFB scrubbers, and technical advisory services during erection and commissioning.

Located near the town of Soma, the project’s new steam generators are scheduled to be put into commercial operation in the beginning of 2017.

Estimated to cost $1bn, the project calls for the construction of CFB boilers, electrostatic precipitators, a chimney desulfurisation system, fans, a steam boiler, coal feeding systems, fly and bottom ash hoppers, a turbine, a generator and associated transmission lines.

"The project’s new steam generators are scheduled to be put into commercial operation in the beginning of 2017."

Foster Wheeler Energia CEO Tomas Harju-Jeanty said the latest project is the largest CFB project yet to be awarded in Turkey, and the company is looking to a bright future within the Turkish power market.

"Due to the significant economic benefit of using lignite for power generation, we expect that Foster Wheeler CFB technology will be the technology of choice for future power projects in the country," said Harju-Jeanty.

HEI Chairman Guo Yu said, "We are happy to have this opportunity to work in collaboration with Foster Wheeler on this important project in Turkey.

"With the combination of HEI’s knowledgeable and experienced engineering management and the cutting-edge technology of Foster Wheeler’s CFB, we are certain this project will mark a new trend for power in Turkey."