Projects & Finance

ACWA Power, a Saudi power plant developer and investor with assets worth over $30 billion, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Energy Engineering Corp. to explore joint investment opportunities and cooperate on power generation and water desalination projects across the Middle East and Asia. The deal was signed in Dubai on Sunday by ACWA Power's chairman, Mohammad Abunayyan and China Energy’s chairman, Wang Jianping.

Iraq’s ministry of electricity has handed a contract to ABB to deliver five fixed and fifteen mobile 132-kilovolt substations that will help strengthen the power grid and provide electricity in central Iraq. The substation projects are part of wider efforts to rebuild Iraq’s energy infrastructure and are supported by Swedish government financing.

Scottish energy company SSE has contracted Siemens to provide a full turnkey solution for the Keadby 2 power plant, which will be powered by a SGT-9000HL gas turbine and is aimed to reach 63% efficiency. SSE said it will spend £350 million on the construction of the new 840 MW facility.

Aggreko, a provider of modular mobile power gensets, has been awarded a $23.8 million contract over of 36 month to provide 20-MW of flexible power to Caribbean island of St Croix via a Next Generation Gas Generator in 60 Hz. Once operational, the solution is expected to provide $6 million worth of fuel savings to the island in the first two years.

Just days after NTE Energy inaugurated its $645 million Middletown Energy Center in Ohio, the utility confirmed it will invest more than $1 billion to develop the 1,000-MW Anderson County Energy Center in South Carolina. Florida-based NTE hailed the 525-MW Middletown combined cycle facility as among the most efficient gas-fired power plants in the United States. The plant’s operation commenced on May 21, some 31 months after construction began.

Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Private Ltd (QATPL), owned by the government of Punjab, has announced the completion of commissioning and start of full commercial operations at the Bhikki Power plant. Start of full-fledged commercial operations was on May 20 at midnight hours, supported by Harbin Electric International (HEI) and GE Power. Dispatch of the Bhikki combined-cycle plant now adds up to 1,180 MW of power to the national grid, enough to supply 2.4 million Pakistani homes.

Stromnetz Berlin, the power grid operator of the German capital city, has asked ABB to supply compact gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) for the new Wuhletal substation to enhance reliability of power supply in the eastern district of Marzahn. Upon completion, the new substation will supply electricity to more than 3,500 commercial businesses and 65,000 households.

Florida-based NTE Energy is forging ahead with plans for the 1,000 MW gas-fuelled Anderson County Energy Center, to be built south of Greenville in western South Carolina. Development and permitting of the $1 billion project is expected to take between 18 and 24 month, hence the plant is expected to enter service in 2024.

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with EPC contractor Energyco for the supply of four generator sets to a cogeneration plant in Kosice, Slovakia. Driven by Bergen B35:40V medium-speed gas engines, the power plant will have an electric generation capacity of 37 MWe and will also produce heat for the local district heating company Teplaren Kosice (TEKO).

GE’s Power Services has applied the Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution in the cement industry for the first time, following an order win for a GE 6B turbine from Saudi Cement. In addition, an order from Ohgishma Power marks the first win for GE’s 9F AGP technology in Japan.

Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL), a subsidiary of AES Corporation, has added the 671 MW Eagle Valley Generating Station in Indiana, to its power generation portfolio. IPL invested close to $600 million to develop and construct the CCGT.

Shanghai Electric Group, the Chinese general contractor for a 440 MW power plant project in Panama, has signed an order with Siemens for the supply of six SGT-800 gas turbines. Commissioning of the power block, part of an Martano-operated combined-cycle plant, is scheduled for the fall of 2020.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the leading energy group in the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to invest $45 billion in downstream projects at its Ruwais refinery, including generators to power the expanded refining and petrochemical operations. The sour gas venture alone foresees the construction of 11 onshore artificial islands that could meet up to 20% of the UAE's domestic gas demand after 2026.

Cairo Electricity Production Company (CEPC) has signed a deal stipulating Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) to help with the renewal of the Cairo West gas and heavy fuel oil-fired power plant. Under the contract, MHPS will renew the plant’s four boilers with rated output of 1,360 MW, extending their lifetime and enhancing reliability.

Commissioning and reliability run tests have been completed by GE and China’s SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co. at the 1,230 MW Haveli Bahadur Shah combined-cycle power plant in Jhang, Pakistan. State-owned National Power Parks Management Company is now operating the plant at full capacity.

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