ZUG, Switzerland, June 15, 2010 -- Foster Wheeler AG announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract to design, supply and provide site advisory services for two sets of solar steam generators (preheaters, kettle type evaporators, superheaters and reheaters) as well as low pressure and high pressure feedwater heaters. The contract was awarded by the project's EPC contractor, a joint venture created by the Spanish companies SENER and COBRA.
The equipment will be integrated into the Valle 1 & Valle 2 Solar Thermal Power Plants, located in San José del Valle (Cadiz, Spain). The plants, which are owned by Torresol Energy, a company created by the Spanish SENER (60%) and the Abu Dhabi-based company Masdar (40%), will have an installed power capacity of 50 MWe each.
Foster Wheeler has received a full notice to proceed on this contract. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the contract value was included in the company's first-quarter 2010 bookings. The equipment delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.
The plants will use SENER's concentrated parabolic trough technology (SENERtrough) and will have energy storage by means of molten salt tanks that is designed to provide up to seven (7) hours of plant operation without sun radiation. The plants are expected to operate approximately 3,500 hours/year, with the potential to eliminate 95,000 tons/year of CO2 emissions.
"This award is a decisive step forward for Foster Wheeler's strategy regarding solar thermal technology. It reflects our client's confidence in the excellent performance of Foster Wheeler and also confirms the high quality standards and features of our design for the demanding heat exchanger equipment required by solar thermal power plants that utilize molten salts and oil as thermal heat transfer fluids," said Eric Svendsen, chief executive officer of Foster Wheeler Energia, S.L. in Madrid.
Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 13,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company's Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company's Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about Foster Wheeler, please visit our Web site at http://www.fwc.com.