Toshiba to supply Texas power plant

Kyodo

Toshiba Corp. has won a ¥2 billion contract to supply a steam turbine and generator for a natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Texas.

Under the contract with U.S. engineering and construction company Fluor Enterprises Inc., Toshiba will replace the aging Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant with its more efficient and environmentally friendly power generation equipment, the company said Thursday.

Toshiba said it will start supplying the equipment in August 2013 and the plant is expected to commence operation in July 2014.

Demand for more efficient plants powered by shale gas to replace aging facilities is expected to grow in the United States, as Washington is expected to release new standards on airborne emissions of mercury and toxins from power plants this December.