(EnergyAsia, September 9 2011, Friday) — Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said it and CTCI Corporation, Taiwan’s largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, have received a full-turnkey order from Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) to jointly construct three 800MW coal-fired supercritical-pressure power generation units. The project’s value was not disclosed.

The three units will replace existing ones at Taipower’s Linkou Thermal Power Plant in Linkou District in northern Taiwan, approximately 20 kilometers west from central Taipei,

Units 1 and 2 scheduled to start up in November 2015 and November 2016, respectively while unit 3 is slated to go on-stream in November 2020, said MHI. Each unit consists primarily of a boiler, steam turbine and generator.

MHI said it will be responsible for the manufacture and supply of the three boilers and three steam turbines while the three generators will be produced by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

Taipower is a state-owned utility and the sole integrated power transmission and distribution company in Taiwan. Although Taiwan’s power generation business has been liberalised since 1994, the company continues to generate near 75% of all electricity. It transmits and distributes energy by purchasing electricity produced by independent power producers (IPP). Taiwan’s total power generation capacity reached 40,250 MW last year.

Buoyed by a growing economy, Taiwan’s electricity demand has been rising and is expected to continue growing, particularly in the capital city of Taipei and surrounding areas.
MHI said it will continue to “aggressively” market its high-efficiency supercritical-pressure boilers and turbines as they contribute to stable electricity supply as well as protect the environment by producing less carbon dioxide emissions than most power plants.