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MHI Receives Order for 3 Coal-fired Supercritical Power Generation Units
From Taiwan Power Company, Jointly with CTCI

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Tokyo, September 1, 2011 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), jointly with CTCI Corporation, the largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm in Taiwan, has received a full-turnkey order from Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) for a project to construct three coal-fired supercritical-pressure* power generation units - Units 1, 2 and 3, at 800 megawatts (MW) each - at Taipower's Linkou Thermal Power Plant. The project calls for the construction of three power generation units to replace existing facilities at the plant, based on Taiwan's energy source development plan. Units 1 and 2 are scheduled to commence commercial operation in November 2015 and November 2016, respectively; unit 3 is slated to go on-stream in November 2020. Mitsubishi Corporation will handle the trade particulars.

The Linkou Thermal Power Plant is located in Linkou District in northern Taiwan, approximately 20 kilometers west from central Taipei. Each power generation unit consists primarily of a boiler, steam turbine and generator. MHI will be responsible for the manufacture and supply of the three boilers and three steam turbines. 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 liberalized since 1994, Taipower continues to generate near 75% of all electricity. The company transmits and distributes energy by purchasing electricity produced by independent power producers (IPP). In 2010, Taiwan's total power generation capacity was 40,250 MW.

Taiwan's electricity needs have been increasing every year along with continuous economic growth supported by robust external demand. The renewed Linkou power plant will meet vigorous electricity demand in Taipei and surrounding areas.

CTCI, the largest EPC firm in Taiwan, is especially strong at constructing facilities such as oil refineries and petrochemical, power generation and waste incineration plants.

Going forward MHI will continue aggressive marketing activities for its high-efficiency supercritical-pressure boilers and turbines. Through these activities and products the company looks to contribute both to stable electricity supplies and to global environmental protection efforts, including reduction of CO2 emissions.

*Note: Supercritical turbines and boilers are engineered to operate at steam pressures above water's critical point: 22.1MPa (about 220 times greater than normal atmospheric pressure) and 374.2°C (705.2°F/647.15°K). In actual use, they operate in environments close to 250 atm and 600°C.