Projects & Finance

Germany’s third-largest utility EnBW has commissioned MAN Diesel & Turbo to plan and build, upon investment approval, a gas engine-driven combined heat and power plant (CHP) in Stuttgart. Commissioning is scheduled for 2018.

Genoa-based Ansaldo Energia has received Notices to Proceed on two contracts worth a total of 80 million euros. One of the contracts, signed with Lotte E&C, is for the supply of two AE94.2 gas turbines and two air-cooled generators for the 500 MW Grati-Pasuran CCGT, being built on behalf of PT PLN in eastern Java.

Overlooking the Strait of Hormuz, Oman’s enclave of Musandam will soon get electricity from its first gas-fired power plant. Located in Tibat, the 122-MW facility is developed as an Independent Power Project (IPP) and due to start operation in February 2017, complementing the region’s prevalent diesel-based generators.

Karpowership, part of the Turkish energy group Karadeniz Holding, has placed an order for twelve 18V 51/60 engines (18.9 MW each) with MAN Diesel & Turbo. The deal was communicated just days after Karpower Ghana agreed with state-owned utility ECG to have a 450 MW power barge, currently built in Turkey, shipped over to Ghana by November.

For the first time in the Middle East and Africa, GE has implemented an Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade at one of the region’s power plants. It just completed an upgrade of two 9FA gas turbines at the Nubaria power plant in Beheira, Egypt, lowering fuel consumption by 3%.

Meaford Energy’s 229 MWe combined-cycle gas power project in Staffordshire has been given the green light by Britain’s new business and energy secretary, Greg Clark. With Development Consent Order (DCO) being granted, initial ground preparation works for the £300 million CCGT project are set to start this week.

China National Machinery Corp (CMEC), in consortium with GE, has secured a $117 million order to repower Ghorashal Unit 3, the largest power station in Bangladesh. The existing 210-MW Power Machines (LMZ 200) – a Russian make –  will be revamped with a GE steam turbine with the aim of generating up to 416.3 MW in combined-cycle operation.

Indonesian utility Medco Power Generation is still keen to participate in a tender for the Java-1 power project (2x800MW). However, it now prepares to launch a bid together with Korea Electric and Nebras Power, turning its back on former partner Mitsui. Tender documents have to be submitted to PLN early next week.

In line with Saudi Aramco's ‘In-Kingdom Total Value Add’ program, Siemens has delivered the first shipment out of ten locally-produced gas turbines that will drive the Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plant in Jazan. With an installed capacity of 4,000 MW, the IGCC will be the largest facility of its kind to be fuelled with gasified refinery residues.

Just hours after the merger with NextEra Energy feel through, Hawaiian Electric Industries confirmed it is abandoning plans to import LNG through Fortis for a proposed gas-fired power plant. The contract with Fortis Hawaii was contingent on regulatory approval of NextEra’s takeover of Hawaiian Electric.

Veolia Energia Poland has selected GE to modernise of one of three Zamech-made turbine genset at a 275 MW district-heating plant at Poznań. Takeover and integration of Alstom Power's technology portfolio helped GE to expand its service capability for such equipment.

Profitability of combined-cycle gas power plant is dire in Belgium - with spill-over effects to Luxemburg. French ENGIE decided to close the 385 MW Twinerg CCGT, which mostly caters to the Belgian market, by October 2016. This move follows just weeks after EDF Luminus said it intends to close for of its gas power assets.

Eager to acquire Calpine’s South Point Energy Center (530 MW) in Arizona, NV Energy has disclosed the $75.6 million purchase price and its $21 million investment budget for the combined-cycle gas power plant in a filing to the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.

Responding to double-digit electricity demand growth, the government of the Ivory Coast is pushing for a start of construction for the 375 MW phase-1 of the Sogon CCGT project in December. Works on the 360 MW Grand-Bassam gas power project are set to follow suit in early 2017.

Ciaran and Steven Devine, known as the Greysteel brothers, are seeking to develop a 400-MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Belfast, on land within the Harbour Estate. The CCGT will be powered by a Siemens SCC-800 gas turbine with the capacity to produce electricity for over 400,000 homes in and around Belfast.