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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems America – Energy and Environment, Ltd.


Hitachi Receives an Order for a Coal-fired Power Plant from MidAmerican Energy Company

Together with Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Hitachi recently entered into a turnkey contract for a complete set of large coal-fired power plant with MidAmerican Energy Company, an electric power utility of the Iowa State, USA. The total contract amount is approximately 1 billion dollars. This will be the greatest of all power plant construction contracts so far undertaken by Japanese companies in the USA.

Hitachi will be responsible for supervising the technical aspect of the contract, including the turbines, generators, boilers, environmental protection facilities, and other main equipment supplies. Hitachi will conduct design and project management jointly with Sargent and Lundy, one of the largest power plant engineering firms in the USA.

The plant will have a capacity of 790MW and use a super-critical pressure steam generation technology, which is designed to increase steam temperature and pressure. The plant will therefore be one of the largest, most cutting-edge, high-efficiency coal-fired power plants in the USA.

For the past few years, natural gas has been used as fuel for new power plants in the USA. However, after ²Enron ShockÓ, many projects began to be shifted to coal-based power generation plants (and, what is more, state-of-the-art equipment based on super-critical pressure steam generation technology). Super-critical pressure steam generation technology is the forte of Japanese manufacturers.

The plant construction is scheduled to begin in September 2003 and expected completion is in June 2007.

MidAmerican Energy Company

  • Head office: Omaha (Nebraska State, USA)
  • Biggest electricity and gas supply company in Iowa State
  • Electricity supply capacity: About 5,000 MW
  • Center company of Mid American Energy Holdings