Projects & Finance

Swedish utility Vattenfall has selected a site to build a new 400 MW gas-fired power plant in Hamburg. A site at Wedel was chosen as the preferred location over an alternative site in Stellinger Moor.

Alstom Thermal Power has signed a contract worth over €100 million (US$12 million) with Arabian Bemco Contracting Co. & GS E&C to provide the steam tail for the Riyadh PP12 gas-fired power plant being constructed by them for the Saudi Electric Company (SEC).

MCV Holding applied today to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for an air permit to install of a 640 MW combined-cycle natural-gas-fired power plant (CCPP) at a MCV-owned site in Midland, Michigan. The company currently owns and operates a 1,630 MW CCPP at the site.

Duro Felguera, a Spanish engineering and construction company, has won a contract to realise the  gas-fired Vuelta de Obligado power plant project (800 MW) in Argentina in cooperation with GE and the local engineering firm Fainser, on a turnkey contract basis.

Japanese Marubeni Corporation has won a contract to carry out a gas turbine overhaul for the Ywama combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in Myanmar from Myanma Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE). Hitachi will supply the parts needed for the overhaul works.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned the third 250 MW gas turbine at the 1,500 MW Pragati-III Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in Delhi, India. "The full load operation of the unit has been achieved within a day of unit getting synchronized," BHEL said.

GDF SUEZ subsidiary International Power, in association with consortium partners, has been selected as preferred bidder for the combined heat and power plant CHP5 in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has won two orders to help Swedish iron ore producer Northland Resources operate its new concentrator plant at the highest levels of energy efficiency. "The extremely tight schedule makes this project unique," ABB said with reference to production start-up planned as early as November 2012.

Wartsila India has launched a Remote Monitoring Station in the southern Indian city of Chennai.  The new station will ensure real time monitoring of power plants by Wartsila personnel in Chennai, backed by technical support from Wartsila Condition Based Maintenance (CBI) Centre in Finland. Wartsila expects the plant monitoring will save maintenance costs and improve their operational reliability.

Wood Group GTS, an independent provider of rotating equipment services, has won a $1 million contract to effectuate a combustion inspection on a GE Frame 7EA dual fuel gas turbine at a power plant located in Kansas, U.S.

GE has shipped two Frame 9FA gas turbines and associated generators to Pakistan for installation at the country's largest projected combined-cycle power plant (750MW) in Guddu. Installation of the turbines is scheduled to be completed by September 2012, with full plant commercial operation expected by mid-2013, GE confirmed.

Mass Global Investment Company, an Iraqi independent power producer, has selected GE to effectuate a combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGT) conversion of the Erbil power plant with a view to increasing capacity by 500 MW to 1,500 MW.

Swiss engineering group ABB has won orders worth around $55 million from the Canadian utility BC Hydro to supply flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) solutions to help increase grid transmission capacity.

Siemens together with the local contractor Alfanar has commissioned the first two of its SGT6-2000E gas turbine units at the Hail-2 Extension-III power plant on behalf of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).

"The Hail-2 Extension-III project is expected to contribute significantly to the infrastructure development of the Hail region," said Siemens CEO of Saudi Arabia, Arja Talakar.

Swiss engineering group ABB has won orders worth around $120 million from KAR Construction and Engineering Company Ltd. to design and build a gas-fired power plant and construct two 400/132 kilovolts (kV) high-voltage substations that will supply electricity to the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.

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News in Brief

China eases ban on coal power

Aug 22 – The Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) has allowed 11 provinces to resume building coal power plants in a move that lies bare the country’s dependency on thermal coal even after several hundred billion dollars were invested cleaner energy sources, notable wind, solar and natural gas. Areas earmarked by NEA for new coal power plants include Qinghai, Chongqing, Guangxi, Guangdong, Yunnan, Guizhou and Henan.

Blackout after Didcot demolition

Aug 21 – Yet another blackout hit thousands of British households early Sunday after the demolition of cooling towers at the disused Didcot-A power station in Oxfordshire. Moments after the explosion at 7am to bring down the cooling towers some nearby electricity poles and overhead transmission lines caught fire, causing a sudden loss of electricity that lasted for one hour and twenty minutes.

Fuel cell vehicle market gathers speed

Aug 20 – Sales revenue from fuel cell vehicles will soar to $255.2 billion in 2032, up from just $400 million last year, driven by fast growth in China and wider Asia. Hydrogen fuel cells achieve an energy conversion efficiency of 50% to 60% amid zero emissions and a low maintenance cost thanks to the engine’s modular design.

Tohoku Electric tenders for LNG cargo

Aug 19 – Tohoku Electric Power, the fourth-largest electric utility in Japan in terms of revenue behind Tepco, Kepco and Chubu, is understood to be seeking an LNG cargo for delivery in September. A tender process is ongoing.

Cost for decarbonizing industry tops $21tr

Aug 16 – Total costs to fully decarbonize the four most polluting industries – cement, steel, ammonia and ethylene – are estimated to amount to $21 trillion between today and 2050. McKinsey said this could be lowered to about $11 trillion if zero-carbon electricity prices come down further compared to fossil fuel prices. In this event, industry could switch to using electricity for heating processes.

Co-firing Braskem plant with hydrogen

Aug 15 – Siemens is making fossil energy greener at the Braskem onsite power plant in Brazil. In this modernization project two SGT-600 gas turbines are co-fired up to 60% with hydrogen, enhancing efficiency for the production process of the adjacent the petrochemical complex.

Canada's CO2 tax to hit CCGTs

Aug 5 – Change in Canada’s carbon emissions tax regulation for new power plants has changed to also affect cleaner-burning, gas combined-cycle power stations starting from 2021. The move could significantly lower the profitability of gas generation and could prompt SaskPower reconsider its planned Moose Jaw gas power station.

GE CFO steps down

Aug 2 – Jamie S. Miller, General Electric’s chief financial officer, has decided to quit after two years in the job and 11 years with the company. Having overseen GE’s fiscal activities during a period of intense restructuring, Miller will remain in office while the GE board is looking for a successor.

Siemens HR boss quits

Aug 1 – Janina Kugel, Siemens chief HR officer, is leaving the company amid an apparently scattered working relationship and stark personal differences with CEO Joe Kaeser. Her contract will expire by mutual agreement on January 31, 2020.

ABB standardizes eBus chargers

July 31 – Zurich-based ABB, a member of the ASSURED consortium, is working on standardizing the specifications for automatic charging of heavy vehicles. The aim is to drive down the total cost of ownership for electric fleet operators, helping increase adoption of eBuses and eTrucks. Conformance and interoperability tests will be carried out in Q4-2019.

U.S. Senate helps fund EV charging stations

July 30 – The need for expanded electric vehicle charging infrastructure is greater than expected given that there had been over 1.75 million electric vehicles (EV) in North America at the end of 2018, a nearly 60% increase from the previous year. To help fund additional charging stations, among other things, the U.S. Senate approved the $287 billion America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA).

PNOC, Lloyds to develop merchant LNG-to-Power projects

July 29 – Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyds Energy to develop a 1,200 MW LNG-fuelled power plant in partnership with Mitsubishi. Dubai-based Lloyds Energy is looking at ways to develop integrated LNG import facilities and gas power plants on a merchant basis in Bataan and Batangas provinces.

Macquarie finances CCGT in Mexico

July 26 – Macquarie Capital has chosen Credit Agricole, Natixis and SMBC to co-finance a $380 million combined-cycle gas power plant. The 560 MW plant is designated to be built in San Louis Potosi, a city in central Mexico.

Naturgy cashes in on gas network

July 25 – Spanish gas utility Naturgy has posted a 7% rise in core earnings for the first half of the year due to strong gains from its gas network business that helped offset falling revenues from power generation and slimmer LNG margins.

French court rejects appeal against Total CCGT

July 24 – Judges at an appeal court in Nantes have thrown out an appeal by environmentalist against Total’s planned Landivisiau combined-cycle gas power plant in Brittany. The 440 MW project, initiated by Direct Energy which was since acquired by Total, is over two years behind schedule. The French grid operator RTE has singled out the Landivisiau CCGT as “critical” in guaranteeing supply security in winter 2020/21 due to the planned shutdown of four coal power plants.

U.S. gas production falls in wake of ‘Barry’

July 23 – Shut-ins related to Hurricane Barry have scaled back U.S. gas production by 1.6 billion cubic feet per day, compared to last week, while power sector gas demand rose by just over 2.0 bcf/d. Consequently, there is significantly less gas available for storage so the injection rate has halved, according to Energy Aspects figures.

Blackout after fire at Madison substation

July 22 – Electricity is gradually being restored at Madison, Wisconsin, after 13,000 people experience a blackout following an explosion at a substation near Madison Gas & Electric’s 100 MW gas-fired Blount Generating Station. No injuries were reported.