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FCC to build power plant in Germany

16/04/2008

FCC to build power plant in Germany

  • The contract is worth 135 million euro
  • The new plant will have a capacity of 1,600 MW

 
ALPINE, FCC's Austrian subsidiary, is to build a 1,600 MW coal-fired power plant in the German city of Hamm (Westphalia) for RWE Power AG. The contract is worth 135 million euro.
 
The project includes earth movement, foundations, and building two blocks of the new plant plus a number of additional buildings. In particular, the project includes building silos and boilerhouse stairs, with a total height of 120 metres. The plant is scheduled to be fully operational in 2012.
 
 
On-site concrete production
 
To reduce the pollutant emissions arising from the large volume of truck traffic involved in construction, ALPINE will build two concrete mixing plants on site.
 
ALPINE will use approximately 255,000 cubic metres of concrete, equivalent to approximately 25,000 truck-loads. On-site concrete production will also guarantee production around the clock.
 
Cutting-edge technology
 
The Westphalia coal-fired plant will consist of two identical blocks on the site of existing plants owned by RWE Power in Hamm. With 46% efficiency, it will be one of the most modern and efficient coal-fired plants in the world. The plant will save approximately 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions each year in comparison with older coal-fired plants producing the same amount of power. That reduction represents around 30% of Germany's political goals with respect to preventing climate change.
 
Expertise in power plant construction
 
This contract consolidates ALPINE's international presence and makes it a multinational of reference in the construction of large power plants.
 
ALPINE is also building the cooling towers for the Neurath power plant in Germany, under a contract worth 38 million euro.  In Bulgaria, it is executing a 166 million euro contract to build Europe's largest hydroelectric plant: Tsankov Kamak. And in Turkey, it is in charge of building the Ermenek power plant, worth 157 million euro.
 
ALPINE's German subsidiary is one of the largest construction companies in that country. It has a staff of over 700 and nine branches in Germany and other countries.
 
The ALPINE Group operates in many countries in Europe and Asia. With 2.595 billion euro in revenues in 2007 and close to 14,300 employees, ALPINE is one of Austria's three largest construction companies.  In 2007, ALPINE landed new contracts worth over 3 billion euro.