SPX to provide cooling system for 835MW Tzafit power plant in Israel

27 March 2013 (Last Updated March 27th, 2013 18:30)

US-based SPX has secured a $35m contract from Alstom to provide an air-cooled condenser (ACC) for the 835MW Tzafit power plant in Israel.

US-based SPX has secured a $35m contract from Alstom to provide an air-cooled condenser (ACC) for the 835MW Tzafit power plant in Israel.

Located 40km southeast of Tel Aviv, Israel, the Tzafit plant features two 417MW, gas-fired combined cycle units and after completion is expected to be the largest privately-owned power station in the country.

The plant, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014, will add 835MW to the national grid, representing about 7% of Israel's total installed power generation capacity.

"The plant, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014, will add 835MW to the national grid, representing about 7% of Israel's total installed power generation capacity."

The natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant is being built by Dalia Power Energies, a company jointly-owned by Energy Economy and Hiram Epsilon, each holding 43.3% share, as well as Sigma Epsilon and the Israel Infrastructure Fund, holding 3.3%and 10% interests, respectively.

Dalia Power Energies awarded the €500m engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the plant to Alstom in June 2011.

Alstom also secured a 20-year operations and maintenance contract, worth €330m, for the plant in July 2011.

SPX segment president Gene Lowe said the Tzafit combined cycle power plant is a major power infrastructure expansion for Israel and is anticipated to increase the country's ability to meet future electricity demand.

According to Israel's Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, electricity consumption in Israel is expected to double in the next 20 years.

The Tzafit power plant, which will be located at the intersection of Israel's national electricity grid, is predicted to meet additional electricity needs of the northern and southern sections of the grid.

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