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Atel plans construction of a gas-fired combined power station in Monthey

Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel) plans to begin construction of a 55 MW gas-fired combined power station at Monthey (Valais, Switzerland) in mid-2006. A construction permit was recently applied for. The power station, to be built at a cost of CHF 90 million, is to supply electricity and steam to three chemical companies. The official go-ahead for construction is expected in late July 2006.

Atel intends to set up a gas-fired combined heat and electrical power station on the site occupied by the Cimo company (Compagnie Industrielle de Monthey SA). The power station will run on natural gas and produce electricity as well as industrial process steam, supplying an average of 55 tons of steam per hour to chemical companies Ciba SC, Syngenta and Huntsman. Meanwhile, electrical generators will produce around 55 MW of power, some of which will be fed into the public electricity grid. Atel is active in energy services throughout Europe and the company has experience with building and operating gas-fired combined power stations in a number of different countries. The planned Monthey plant will be constructed along similar lines to Atel’s two industrial power stations in northern Italy.

The company Thermatel is being founded to implement the power station. Its main shareholders are Atel and Cimo, with other partners also taking stakes. Building of the plant is expected to get underway in late July 2006; documentation for a construction permit was submitted recently. The Cimo Board of Directors will issue a final decision on the project in the near future. Commercial operation is planned to begin in mid-2008. The new combined heat and power station will replace an old steam-generating boiler. The Cimo plant represents an investment of 90 million francs.

Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity Corporate Communications

Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel)

Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity (Atel) is the leading production-based energy service provider in Switzerland and operates at a pan-European level. Founded in 1894, Atel focuses on the two core businesses of production-based Energy Trading and Energy Services. The group of companies, domiciled in Olten, employs a staff of around 8400 and generated a turnover of CHF 8.6 billion in 2005. Its main markets in the energy sector are Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the Central and Eastern European countries. Its goods and services range from portfolio management and group energy supplies, to energy derivatives and option contracts, to establishing distribution concepts involving other partners. Trading and distribution are supported by a number of proprietary hydraulic and thermal power stations plus a broadly ramified transmission grid. With its Energy Services Division, Atel provides all technical services pertaining to energy (electricity, gas, oil and biomass) and its uses as power, lighting, cooling and heating, communication and security. Atel is among the leading providers of Energy Services in both Switzerland and Germany.