Alstom awarded €450 million

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Alstom has recently won a €450 million contract to build the world’s biggest lignite fired plant in Neurath, Germany, for utility RWE Power.

Alstom said in a statement that the new Neurath lignite fired power plant, with a net capacity of 2,100 MW, will include some of the most advanced steam turbine and generator technology in the world.

Under the contract, Alstom will carry out the overall power plant engineering. Alstom will also supply, erect and commission two steam turbine islands including condensers and, in consortium with another company, will deliver two steam generators. The work at the building site for the construction of the double-unit plant started last month.

The Neurath power plant will use advanced technology resulting in high efficiency and considerably reduced carbon dioxide emission per kWh, compared with existing lignite-fired power plants. The investment is the largest one decided by the RWE Power Group in power generation.

The Alstom-made steam turbines will be the largest in fossil power plant construction with a gross capacity of 1,100 MW each. They use the most modern generation of blading with flow-optimised three-dimensional blades and the longest last-stage blades that have been offered on the world market up to now.

Alstom, in consortium with another company, will deliver two once-through steam generators – also with a gross capacity of 1,100 MW each. They will be the largest lignite-fired steam generators worldwide with the highest steam mass flow, with supercritical steam pressure and the highest steam temperatures ever realised for lignite.