French company Alstom has won two contracts to provide long term services for three natural gas fired power plants in the US and Canada.
The first long term service agreement was signed with EquiPower for the Milford combined cycle power project in Connecticut, the US. Formed by Energy Capital in May 2010, EquiPower acquired the Milford power plant in January 2011.
The second agreement was signed with TransAlta in Canada for the Sarnia regional cogeneration power plant in Ontario and the Poplar Creek cogeneration power plant in Alberta.
Located on the St. Clair River, in Sarnia, Ontario, the 444MW Sarnia plant features Alstom and Nooter-Eriksen supplementary fired heat recovery steam generators, two Alstom and one Westinghouse steam turbines. Union Gas Distribution infrastructure supplies natural gas for the facility.
The $315m, 356MW Poplar Creek cogeneration facility has provided steam and power for Suncor Energy's oil sands operations near Fort McMurray since 2001.
The contracts call for parts replacement, reconditioning services, outage management, labor and on-site support staff, and optional gas turbine upgrades to increase performance and reduce maintenance costs by extending time between inspections.
The company will execute these contracts, which was booked in the second quarter of 2013/2014, through its teams at Richmond in Virginia; Jupiter in Florida; Calgary in Canada and Baden in Switzerland.
The company won power plant service, support and upgrade contracts valued at around $1.2bn in North America in 2013.
Alstom thermal services business senior vice-president Michael Rechsteiner said that the latest contracts represent the importance of its tailor-made services as every power plant is different.
"That starts with identifying operating challenges at each facility and determining how best to prepare them for future power generation market dynamics," said Rechsteiner.
Image: Alstom GT24 gas turbine: Photo: courtesy of Alstom.