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16Apr92 CHINA: GEC-ALSTHOM PART OF GROUP TO DESIGN AND BUILD SHAJIAO C POWER STATION IN THE GUANGDONG PROVINCE.

By Keith Wallis.GEC-Alsthom is leading a group which has scooped a £555 million order for the design, engineering and construction of the 1,300 MW Shajiao C coal-fired power station in Guangdong province, southern China.The project comes hard on the heels of a tender invitation for the £3,000 million Black Point co-generation gas-fired plant in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, for China Light and Power.GEC-Alsthom is one of about six firms bidding for the scheme.The Shajiao C job has been placed by a joint venture company set up by Gordon Wu's Hopewell Energy International and the Guangdong General Power Company.Construction will be shared between GEC-Alsthom, which is responsible for the supply and commissioning of the steam turbines, Slipform Engineering, a Hopewell subsidiary which will carry out building and civil engineering, and ABB Combustion Engineering, which will supply the boilers.Ove Arup is the design consultant.Work is expected to start early next year and the plant is due to be commissioned in 1996.It will contain two 650 MW coal-fired generators using both domestic and foreign coal.Hopewell's joint venture deal with GEC-Alsthom ends several months of uncertainty about the project, which is being built along similar lines to the Shajiao B complex completed in 1987.Shajiao B, built by Slipform Engineering Costain, set new standards of power plant construction. The 700 MW £350 million plant was completed in a record 22 months using steel frames for the turbine hall and boiler house.The Shajiao C development will be built using similar construction techniques to the B station, but it will be nearly twice the size. CONSTRUCTION NEWS