Foster Wheeler announced today that its subsidiary, Foster Wheeler Iberia, signed a contract with Endesa, Spain’s largest utility, to upgrade four steam-generating units at the As Pontes power plant in La Coruna.
Foster Wheeler will carry out the project through a partnership with Duro Felguera SA, a Spanish manufacturing and construction contractor. The total contract is valued at approximately $152 million, with Foster Wheeler’s work worth approximately $76 million.
Foster Wheeler originally supplied the 350 MWe boilers between 1976 and 1979 as brown coal units and modified the systems between 1993 and 1996, allowing the boilers to fire up to 50 percent imported coal. As a result of the run-down of the local brown coal mine supplying the plant, the final upgrade is designed to enable the boilers to fire 100 percent imported low-sulphur coal.
The project will be executed in several phases with work on the first unit, As Pontes’ Number 2 boiler, commencing immediately. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2008.
According to Foster Wheeler, the majority of work will be done without taking the boilers out of service and final modifications to the systems will be made during scheduled outages, in February 2005, the first half of 2006, the second half of 2007, and the first half of 2008.