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Building Up South Africa Power

Construction contracts for Ansaldo Energia and FATA

Posted on September 13, 2013

A consortium led by GDF Suez has awarded the contract for the turnkey construction of two open-cycle electricity generation plants in South Africa to Ansaldo Energia and FATA, a designer and builder of industrial plants.

The Avon plant will generate 670 MW of power in the Durban area, while the Dedisa plant will provide about 335 MW of energy to the Port Elizabeth area. The plants will be used to help meet the country’s energy needs during periods of peak power demand from the national grid. The order is worth a total of about €440 million.

Ansaldo Energia will supply six AE94.2 gas turbines (four for the Avon plant and two for the Dedisa plant), complete with the relative generators and auxiliary systems. The company said it will also supply the civil works for both sites, in addition to transport, erection and commissioning work for its share of the supply, worth a total of about €280 million.

FATA will supply the mechanical and electric plant worth a total of €160 million, working through the EPC Power division and the South African branch of the company. The contract also covers the construction of the substation and the interface with the electric grid, fuel storage and distribution, and water treatment. The companies added that there has been a special focus on respect for the environment and sustainability, which are both extremely important issues in South Africa.