Projects & Finance

Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has won a €80 million order to will supply two gas engine-driven power plants with a total capacity of 188-MW to an investor-owned utility in the United States.

Italy’s state-owned oil and gas company Eni is considering freeing up parts of its gas production at the Jangrik field for Indonesia’s first offshore well-head power plant. If agreed, project partners would advance up to 500 MW of gas-fired capacity directly at Eni’s Jangrik fields complex, under development in the Makassar Strait.

A new 495-MW combined cycle power plant, equipped with a Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems M501J gas turbine, at the Grand River Energy Center (GREC) in Oklahoma is generating “reliable power [output] just 45 days after first fire”. Having achieved this milestone, the plant operator Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) can now start selling electricity and reap a return on its investment.

Samsung C&T, together with state-run Korea Southern Power Co. (KOSPO) have completed construction works for the Kelar combined-cycle gas turbine power plant (517 MW) in Mejillones, Chile. The project, valued at an estimated $600 million, is Samsung’s first privately-run power project in Chile and supplies all electricity to a BHP Billiton-run copper mine.

Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) has awarded the "Facility E" Integrated Water and Power Plant (IWPP) advisory mandate to a team led by Ernst & Young, including the Finland-headquartered consultancy and engineering firm Pöyry as technical bid advisor.

Attending a board meeting of Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission (MIC), Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller discussed ways of expanding the use of MIC’s scientific and technological capacities to develop technologies and equipment – including import-substituting ones – for the Russian gas industry. According Gazprom, "such cooperation should be focused primarily on state-of-the-art compressor equipment, hydrocarbon production in offshore environments, and natural gas liquefaction.” 

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has asked the Florida Public Service Commission for approval to shut down Johns River Power Park, a 1,270-MW coal power station, at the end of this year. Simultaneously, the utility filed for a permit to modernize its Dania Beach Clean Energy Center (1,200-MW gas-fired), with the upgrade planned to be carried out by mid-2022.

Gulf Power Service Company (AGPS) has awarded Italy’s Ansaldo Energia a service contract for the 2,000MW “Taweelah Initial B” and the “Taweelah IB Extension” unit, both situated some 70 kilometres from Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Marafiq, the world biggest integrated water and power plant (IWPP) with 2,745 MWe and 800,000 cbm/d desalinated water output, GE Energy and Jomel have carried out the shortest planned outage cycletime for gas turbine maintenance in Saudi Arabia. Works were done over a span of 18 days – well ahead of the planned 25 days.

The 778 MW Stonewall Power Project, Panda Power Funds’ newest combined-cycle gas power plant in Leesburg, Virginia has started full commercial operation. ‘Stonewall’ is one of seven CCPPs, next to similar plants in Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia with a combined capacity of 5.8 GW that were built on a turnkey basis by Siemens with its consortium partner Bechtel.

Pampa Energia, Argentina’s largest fully integrated electricity company, has contracted Siemens to service and upgrade the Central Termoeléctrica Nehuenco-I plant with the latter’s SPPA-T3000 power plant automation system. The first deal covers the SGT5-2000E gas turbine, operating at the Genelba 21 simple-cycle power plant for 10 years.

Projected Russian gas deliveries to China via the eastern route are “right on schedule”, Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller and his counterpart at CNPC Wang Yilin said after a working meeting in Beijing earlier this week. Gas exports from Russia’s Far East were also evaluated and Gazprom seeks to reach an agreement with CNPC on supply terms by late 2017.

Detroit-based DTE Energy has announced plans to shut down its entire coal power plant fleet by 2040, in an effort to curb carbon emission by over 80% from 2005 levels by 2050. The utility will invest to build 3,500 MW of new gas-fired capacity to supply 24/7 power and an additional 6,000 MW of renewable energy capacity.

Italy’s state-owned utility Enel has bought the Tynemouth stand-alone battery storage project in the North East of England from Element Power for approximately 20 million euros. The construction-ready project is an “investment opportunity,” according to Enel said, as it is supported by a 4-year Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract to provide grid balancing services.

Europe’s first medium-voltage direct current (MVDC) link will be supplied by GE as part of Scottish Power’s grid extension in Anglesey and North Wales. The Angle-DC project aims to demonstrate a novel network reinforcement technique by converting an existing 33-kilovolt (kV) AC circuit to direct current (DC) operation.