French energy company Alstom has announced plans to build a new $280 million facility in Chattanooga that will manufacture steam turbines, gas turbines, generators and other related equipment for use in U.S. power generation facilities.
Alstom currently operates a plant in Chattanooga that employs more than 600 workers and produces replacement components for coal-fired power plants. The company plans to build the new 350,000-s.f. facility at its existing site along the Tennessee River. Alstom officials said the new plant will create at least 350 new jobs.
In announcing the expansion, Alstom said Chattanooga was chosen as a base of manufacturing operations in the U.S. because of its excellent transport infrastructure and its central location from which to deliver the large, heavy steam turbines to current and planned power plants across the U.S.
Alstom was recently selected by UniStar Nuclear Energy to supply at least four steam turbine generators for UNE’s planned fleet of nuclear power plants and will utilize the Chattanooga plant to fulfill that order. The company is also seeing an increased demand for the retrofit of power generation equipment, which improves the efficiency of power plants and contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.