Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) is celebrating its first win in Brazil for the technical selection of the M501 JAC gas turbine for the Vale Azul-II project. The power plant, which will have a contracted output of 466MW in combined-cycle mode, was successful in the A-6 Brazilian Electricity Auction held on December 20.
Saudi’s ACWA Power, a global power plant developer with an investment value of over $33 billion, has indicated it will soon open tenders for 2018 projects worth $4.5 billion in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. ACWA Power is also advancing talks with shortlisted banks as it prepares for an initial public offering (IPO).
UK Power Reserve has secured 200 MW of gas-fired power capacity at the latest T-4 Capacity Market auction, for delivery by October 2021. With these contract wins, the flexible power provider now operates portfolio greater than 1 GW. The latest T4 auction awarded capacity agreements to a total of 50,410 MW and cleared at £8.40/kW – well below previous auctions.
Feb 6 – The Finnish utility Pori Energia has selected Pöyry to carry out project management, basic and detail engineering and procurement services for 90-MW Aittaluoto combined heat and power (CHP) plant project. The construction of the new cogeneration power plant will be completed by mid-2020, and once operational Pöyry will replace some of the boiler capacity at Aittaluoto.
Construction of Duke Energy’s 1,640-MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Citrus County is nearly three-quarters finished. Breaking ground in March 2016, the CCGT is located at Duke’s Crystal River Energy Complex. Start-up of the first 820-MW unit is targeted for mid-2018.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has been awarded a contract by Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity (MOE) to refurbish and upgrade the war-damaged Hartha power plant in Basra Province. Hit in the ongoing conflict in southern Iraq, the Hartha plant currently runs at just 60% of its rated capacity. Refurbishment work, meant to swiftly restore the output of Unit-4 to 200 MW, is due for completion in 2020.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is providing project finance for Central Térmica de Ressano Garcia (CTRG), a gas-fired power plant near Mozambique’s capital Maputo. The 175-MW facility is owned by the national utility EDM and Sasol of South Africa, which already provided bridge financing for the plant’s construction.
Co-operating on data center projects, Wärtsilä and Schneider Electric have partnered to join up their individual products and services, along with those of third parties. The co-operation focuses on hyperscale data center projects with at least a 10-MW electrical load.
Diversifying electricity sources, Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has floated a tender in search for a consultant to carry out a feasibility study for the country’s first waste-to-energy project. Capacity of the plant and capital expenditure will be specified later.
Plans of EP UK Power Development (EPUKPD) to expand the King’s Lynn-B project into a 1,070-MW combined-cycle plant are now subject to a public consultation. The operator claims the CCGT would generate almost twice as much electricity as its initially proposed plant, approved in 2009, taking advantage of new technology.