Alstom to lead power plant consortium

A consortium led by Alstom has recently won a 38 million Euro contract to refurbish both units of the fire-damaged Kosovo B power plant for Korporata Energjetike e Kosoves.

An Alstom-led consortium has recently won a 38 million Euro contract to refurbish both units of the fire-damaged Kosovo B power plant for Kosovan utility Korporata Energjetike e Kosoves (KEK).

According to Alstom, the contract, co-funded by the European Agency for Reconstruction and UNMIK follows on from the successful completion of emergency repairs at the plant in Obilic, near Pristina, and the restarting of Unit 2.

The contract is said to cover the complete refurbishment of the electrical and control equipment and the restarting of Unit 1, which suffered fire damage to its electrical systems following a thunderstorm in July 2002.

When this is complete, Unit 2, repaired temporarily by Alstom and Innogy at the end of last year, will be shut down and the electrical and control equipment will be refurbished. Both Units are due to be up and running again before the start of winter, 2003.

Alstom’s Power and Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Sectors are in consortium with the German firm KOCH, which is responsible mainly for civil works.

Alstom’s Power Sector will supply, install and commission the P320 digital control system in each unit, upgrading the instrumentation and control systems of the boiler and steam turbine.

The T&D Sector will provide a complete electrical system including medium-voltage and low-voltage switchgear along with MiCOM protection relays.