Alstom wins China nuclear power deal

16th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

BEIJING, May 16 (AFP) - French energy and engineering group Alstom said Monday it has won a contract to provide power generation equipment for the extension of the Ling Ao nuclear power plant in southern China.

BEIJING, May 16 (AFP) - French energy and engineering group Alstom said Monday it has won a contract to provide power generation equipment for the extension of the Ling Ao nuclear power plant in southern China.  

Alstom had announced during the visit to China last month by French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin that the 80 million euro contract with Dongfang Electric Group Corp. was being discussed.  

It was finalised Monday and will see the French group supply two Arabelle turbines for the second phase of construction of the nuclear power plant in the southern province of Guangdong.  

It is the third nuclear power contract Alstom has won in China in recent years.  

"This contract represents work for several hundred people for two to three years in the factory in Belfort in eastern France," French Industry Minister Patrick Devedjian, who is in Shenzhen, told AFP.  

"It ensures Alstom has international visibility," he added.  

China plans to increase its nuclear power generating capacity at least five-fold within the next 15 years.  

The ambitious plan is being implemented in an effort to overcome ongoing energy shortages and to build up alternatives to rampant coal use which is causing serious air pollution, acid rain and global warming.

© AFP

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