KPS Lands $81 Mln Power
Operation & Maintenance
Contract in Pakistan
Awarded a U.S. patent on tube-plugging of steam generators
KPS has landed an $81.16 million (82.3 billion won) contract on the operation and maintenance of a 175MW combined cycle power plant owned by Foundation Power Co. Daharki Ltd. of Pakistan, the largest overseas project it has ever won.
KPS President Kwon Oh-hyung signed an O&M contract with Syed Arif Hasan, president of Foundation Power, at the KPS head office on Aug. 4, calling for KPS to undertake the project for the next 18 years and eight months. On hand at the signing ceremony were about 40 people, including Pakistani Ambassador to Korea Murad Ali.
KPS entered the Pakistani power market in 2007 and successfully carried out a planned preventive maintenance project for the AES thermal power plant. The latest winning project is expected to pave the way for securing a bridgehead in Pakistan.
Kwon said, "KPS will do its best in making the Daharki O&M project a success by capitalizing on the know-how we have acquired while undertaking projects overseas."Meanwhile, Ambassador Ali said the project is encouraging given the fact that the Pakistani power industry is growing and is hoped to provide an opportunity to promote cooperation between the two countries.
Since starting planned outage maintenance of a southern power plant in Baghdad, Iraq in 1982, KPS took on the following: a rehabilitation project of the Dibis power plant in Iraq; technology service for the Kwangtun nuclear power plant in China; a rehabilitation project of the Malaya thermal power plant in the Philippines; operation and maintenance of the Tawau diesel power plant in Malaysia; a seawater cooling system O&M in Saudi Arabia; and consultation regarding the establishment of a maintenance company in Indonesia.
KPS demonstrated its perfect state-of-the-art maintenance technology to the world by successfully completing operation and maintenance of the GMR diesel power plant in India; planned outage maintenance (turbine/generator) of the Bayswater and Eraring thermal power plants in Australia; routine and outage maintenance of the Ilijan Combined Cycle Power Plant in the Philippines; start-up tests at TBP in India, Termonorte in Brazil and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates; seawater pipe replacement of the Quezon power plant in the Philippines; and the relocation of the Artika diesel power plant in Indonesia.
In 2003, KPS entered the Vietnamese market by winning the service and repair contract for the Cantho power plant and signed a contract for an O&M project with Vemagiri CCPP in India. KPS is continuously expanding into overseas markets by improving its technological/price competitiveness and diversification. KPS opened up a new area in overseas nuclear power plant maintenance by performing refueling services for the Angra Nuclear Power Plant in Brazil and the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in the United States; Qualified Data Analysis services for the Salem and Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plants in the United States; and guide tube support pin replacement services for the Tihange Nuclear Power Plant in Belgium and Krsko NPP in Slovenia.
KPS WINS U.S. PATENT FOR TUBE-PLUGGING OF STEAM GENERATORS
In addition, KPS has successfully fulfilled sophisticated maintenance services such as tube-plugging of a steam generator using the Remotely Operated Service Arm III (ROSA III), foreign object search & retrieval (FOSAR) in the secondary side of steam generators and the refurbishment of reactor coolant pump seals.
KPS accomplished a feat as it got a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the tube-plugging of steam generators called KULAN (KPS Upper-bundle Lancing System), developed by the KPS Research Institute. nw
KPS President Kwon Oh-hyung holds hands together with Foundation Power President Syed Arif Hasan, Pakistani Amb. to Korea Murad Ali after KPS and Foundation Power agreed on a deal.