Foster Wheeler to Upgrade Second Unit at As Pontes Power Plant
Foster Wheeler Energia, S.A. (FWESA), part of Foster Wheeler's Global Power Group, has been authorised by Endesa, Spain's largest utility, to proceed with an upgrade of the second of four steam generating units at Endesa's As Pontes power plant at La Coruna, Spain.
The four boilers at the As Pontes plant, rated at 350 MWe each, were originally supplied by Foster Wheeler. They were designed to fire local brown coal, and were commissioned between 1976 and 1979. Foster Wheeler modified the units between 1993 and 1996 to fire up to 50 percent imported coal.
Under a contract signed with Endesa in 2003, FWESA and its partner, Duro Felguera S.A., a Spanish manufacturing and construction contractor, are carrying out a further phased upgrade of all four boilers to burn 100 percent low-sulfur imported coal. Upgrade of the first unit began in 2005 and the unit is now in commercial operation. Authorisation to proceed has now been given by Endesa for the upgrade of the second unit.
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