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Asea Brown Boveri has scooped two major power plant projects in Germany and Australia together worth almost £500 million.The Antipodean scheme is for a £265 million coal-fired plant at Collie in Western Australia, where ABB's share of the turnkey contract is valued at around £173 million.The State Energy Commission of Western Australia signed the deal with the consortium which comprises ABB and Japan's Itochu Corporation of Tokyo.Itochu/Babcock-Hitachi will supply and install the boiler for the power station, while ABB will supply the 300 MW turbine generator and the overall project management services.The coal-fired station is due to be operational by the end of 1998.In Berlin meanwhile, ABB is understood to have won a £225 million contract to build one of the world's largest thermal power plants for Berliner Kraft-und Lichtwerke. This plant will have a capacity of around 380 MW when complete. CONSTRUCTION NEWS