Projects & Finance

Sagamu Independent Power Plant (SIPP) has handed out an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to China Energy Engineering to build a 400 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Nigeria. The new CCGT will be situated in Sagamu in Ogun state, and will be built at a cost of around $550 million.

Seeking to grid-integrate more renewable energy, the grid operator of the Belgian region of Wallonia, ORES, has selected GE Power to install an integrated software solution. Following the implementation, GE’s Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) will manage 80% of all electrical connections in Belgium.

Saudi Arabia-based Najran Cement Company has renewed the three-year asset management agreement with Wärtsilä for Najran’s two captive power plants in Sultana and Akfah. Under the deal, Wärtsilä will ensure day-to-day operation of the two baseload plants, and carry out preventive and predictive maintenance.

Lacking access to financing is a key hurdle for clean power generation across Africa, Asia and Latin America. To overcome such challenges, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has raised over $1.2 billion in private financing to build, install and operate 701 MW of clean energy projects – notably biogas power plants, solar and wind farms and decentralized mini-grids for underserved areas.

Construction of the Afghan section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is scheduled to start on Friday, February 23. Through long in the making, the TAPI interconnector is envisaged to transport Turkmen gas to countries in Asia, notably energy-hungry India.

Poland’s national power transmission system operator PSE will get ABB Ability software installed to enhance efficiency and reliability of the electricity network and its interface within the European energy market. The initiative is part of Poland’s efforts to upgrade and modernize the country’s power grid.

Danish EPC-specialist, BWSC, in consortium with MAN Diesel & Turbo, has been contracted to build the ‘Maria Gleta’ power plant near Cotonou, largest city and economic centre of Benin. The 127-MW plant, equipped with seven 51/60DF gensets, is due for delivery during 2018. Maria Gleta is scheduled to commence operation in the first half of 2019.

Statoil’s floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel located in the Johan Castberg oil field in the Barents Sea will become the first offshore application for a Siemens SGT-750 gas turbine-driven compression train. Equipment delivery is anticipated mid-2019, with first oil planned for 2022.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won a full-turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for two combined-cycle gas power plants in Thailand, each with a capacity of 2,650 MW. The deal includes the supply of eight M701JAC gas turbines and related equipment.

Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) has appointed the British engineering consultant WSP to develop a 330kV interconnector between Zambia and the Congo. Project finance comes from the African Development Bank and the World Bank, with the aim of completing construction within 18 months and get the project finalised in 2019.

Kosmos Energy, co-developer of a West African FLNG project together with BP, confirmed today the signing of an intergovernmental accord between Senegal and Mauritius will speed up the development of the cross-border Tortue gas field and adjacent floating LNG export project. Kosmos now plans to take a final investment decision (FID) around the end of 2018, and aims for first gas in 2021.

Saudi’s ACWA Power, a global power plant developer with an investment value of over $33 billion, has indicated it will soon open tenders for 2018 projects worth $4.5 billion in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. ACWA Power is also advancing talks with shortlisted banks as it prepares for an initial public offering (IPO).

Fast-track delivery of six Wärtsilä engines for a 100-MW power plant in the Gazipur Industrial Zone helps alleviate regional power shortages in Bangladesh. The order has been placed by China-based Hubei Electric Power Survey & Design Institute.

Hamburg’s largest and most modern high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plant, run by HanseWerk Natur, has been commissioned near the Tivoli GlobalMalt. Powered by GE’s Jenbacher gas engines, the new CHP achieves a total electrical output of 8.4 MW and supplies heat and hot water to 500 residential buildings and businesses.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a $300 million contract for the construction of Phase-4 of the H-Station at Al Aweer to a consortium of Siemens and Elsewedy Power. Expansion of the H-Station to 2,811-megawatts is one of DEWA’s signature projects as it is hoped to help dent the emirate’s rising electricity needs.

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