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India a hotspot for new coal power development

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The number of major contract awards in the global power industry returned to growth during 1Q15, according to figures released from the Energy Industries Council (EIC), with the number of contracts (EPC, OEM supply and PMC) up 8% on the previous quarter.

Gas dominated the 43 EPC contracts awarded in the quarter. On the coal side, in northern Thailand, a joint venture between Alstom and Marubeni secured a contract to build Asia’s first ultra-supercritical (USC) lignite-fired plants to replace units 4 – 7 at the Mae Moh plant. The USC boiler will include Alstom’s integrated selective catalytic reduction technology, as well as air quality control systems composed of a wet flue gas desulferisation system and electrostatic precipitators.

Meanwhile, two other EPC contracts were awarded to Bharat Heavy Electricals for the construction of coal-fired plants in Manuguru and Kothagudem in India.

Gas was also dominant in the global OEM supply market, particularly in the US where the majority of contracts awarded for gas plants fuelled by shale gas.

India saw the only coal action of note with Larsen & Toubro securing three contracts to supply equipment including two 660 MW supercritical coal-fired boilers and two steam turbines for the 1320 MW Shree Singaji thermal power plant (phase II) project in Madhya Pradesh, and two supercritical boilers for the Tanada coal-fired power plants expansion in Uttar Pradesh.

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