Royal Dutch Shell has made its first foray into the Australian electricity sector by launching a A$617 million (£345.4 million) takeover offer for the retailer ERM Power. The offer is understood to be a 43% premium on the ERM’s market value. Trevor St Baker, the founder of ERM, already endorsed the offer.
To raise electrification levels in Asian island nations, utilities are looking at small-scale LNG receiving terminals with integrated gas generators. Collocating LNG regas and power projects can curb Capex significantly, Black & Veatch finds, but operators need to ensure a steady stream of LNG shipments.
Egypt’s National Electricity Technology company Kahraba has handed an engineering and equipment (EEQ) contract to Wärtsilä to install two 34SG engines at a power plant in Borg El Arab, an industrial city some 45km southwest of Alexandria. The upgrade will increase the plant’s capacity by two thirds.
The Florida Power Plant Siting Board has approved Tampa Electric's plan to build a combined-cycle gas power unit in replacement for a coal-fired block at its 1,700 MW Big Bend power station in Hillsborough County, Florida. Construction of the CCGT comes at a cost of $853 million, with works slated to start in August.