Reliance Power Ltd. has selected Black & Veatch to design the Samalkot, India, powerplant. The 2,500-MW plant will be located in Andhra Pradesh state, about 400 miles north of Chennai. The plant will comprise three power blocks, each consisting of two 9FA General Electric natural-gas combustion turbines, two heat-recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. Each block will have a capacity of 833MW. The plant will be fueled primarily by local natural-gas reserves. The plant will be built by Reliance Infrastructure, a subsidiary of the Reliance Group, as is Reliance Power Ltd. Construction is expected to be completed in 2012.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.