Mass Energy Group Holding has awarded GE a multiyear operation and maintenance (O&M) services contract, worth $520 million, for the 3,000 MW Basmaya combined-cycle gas gas power plant. The deal came to fruition following “continuing effort” between Mass Energy Group and the Iraqi ministry of electricity to bring more electricity to the people of Iraq.
Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed for regulatory approval to add 860 MW of gas-fired capacity and 50 MW of solar power to its Carty Generating Station (440 MW) in Boardman, Oregon. Just the gas-fired expansion requires a permit from the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the solar portion only needs to demonstrate its cost-competitiveness with similar projects.
Though the ‘Golar Tundra’ floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) has long arrived in Ghana and is ready for immediate startup – the operator Golar LNG said it is holding off, awaiting outstanding charter payments for the vessel. Ghana seeks to import LNG to fuel power plants in the eastern part of the country, where 600 MW of capacity is stranded.
Keen to curb corporate debts, Calpine Corp has agreed to sell its 375 MW Mankato combined-cycle gas power plant to Southern Power for $395.5 million plus working capital. The CCGT, located in Minnesota, provides electricity to Northern States Power under a 20-year tolling agreement through July 2026.
Belfast Power Ltd has advanced its £280 million combined-cycle gas power project in the city’s harbour estate by securing over £5 million in funding from Crescent Capital. Proposed by the Greysteel brothers, the 400 MW CCGT project would be the first standalone CCGT project in Northern Ireland for over a decade.
Freeing up $165 million for phase-1 investment, GE officials have broken ground on a new multimodal “brilliant factory” in Welland, Ontario. The facility will initially manufacture reciprocating gas engines as well as components for compression, mechanical drive and power generation; production is due to start in early 2018.
After nine years of planning and months of quarrels with environmentalists, Tenaska this week broke ground on its 925 MW Westmoreland combined-cycle gas power station. Operational start-up is scheduled for late 2018 when the CCGT is meant to help set a new cost of electricity standard for the PJM region.