Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced today that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a concept study by Western Cluster Limited (WCL) for power plant facilities to serve planned iron ore mines in Liberia.
The Foster Wheeler contract value was not disclosed and will be included in the company’s third-quarter 2013 bookings.
WCL plans to build three iron ore mines in Liberia. The study to be undertaken by Foster Wheeler will investigate various options for greenfield captive power facilities to meet the mines’ expected power demand. The initial power requirement for the first mine to be developed is estimated by WCL to be approximately 70 megawatts (MW), while the full demand will be approximately 300-400 MW. This study will evaluate various power generation technologies and feedstock sources as well as options for the supply of power to multiple operational locations. The study is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2013.
“This win is in line with our stated aim to build our position in the minerals and metals sector as part of our diversification strategy,” said Dave Lawson, President & Global Leader of Minerals & Metals, Foster Wheeler. “This award demonstrates our ability to leverage our recognized capability in power generation, our project delivery track record and our South African operational presence into the mineral and metals sector in Africa.”Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction company and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 13,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company’s Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, minerals and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company’s Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Reading, United Kingdom. For more information about Foster Wheeler, please visit our Web site at www.fwc.com. Western Cluster Limited (WCL) is a Liberia based subsidiary of Sesa Goa Limited (SGL) of India engaged in developing Liberia’s three iron ore deposits namely the Bea, Bomi and Mano River Mines located in the country’s western region into a large integrated iron ore project. SGL is India’s largest producer and exporter of iron ore in the private sector. For over five decades, it has been involved in iron ore mining, beneficiation and exports. SGL is also a majority-owned subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc. (Vedanta), the London-based FTSE 100 metals and mining group which operates across the following core business sectors: Zinc-Lead-Silver, Copper, Aluminium, Iron Ore, Oil and Gas and Power, with operations in India, Australia, UAE, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia and Ireland.