Projects & Finance

Siemens, in partnership with Hangzhou Steam Turbine Co (HTC), has secured a long-term service program (LTP) order from Golden Concord Power Group for two Siemens SGT-800 gas turbines at the Kunshan GCL Blue Sky distributed energy project. This is Siemens' first industrial gas turbine LTP order in China, the company pointed out.

Unit 4 of Tepco’s LNG-fuelled Futtsu power station will be retrofitted with GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) system under an accord, signed by the two companies, to roll-out APM software throughout the Tepco’s thermal power plant fleet.

The government of Afghanistan has signed an accord for Ghazanfar Group to develop the country’s first gas-fired power plant Mazar-e-Sharif. The 50-megawatt facility will be realised on a build, own, and operate (BOO) basis – all electricity will sold to the national power grid on a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

Harrison County Community Improvement Corp (CIC) has been working with the Texan village of Cadiz to make Houston-based EmberClear advance its 1,000 MW combined-cycle power project. CIC said it would help EmberClear with obtaining necessary permits, with the CCGT set to be fuelled with low-cost shale gas from nearby resources. Financial close and start of construction is scheduled for Q3-2018.

Irish utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has announced that the 880 MW Carrington Power Station in Manchester has started full commercial operation earlier this week. The CCGT – the first new-build gas power plant in three years – has already secured a capacity contract for winter 2019/20.

Stockton Council has received a proposal by London-based Stratera Energy for a gas-fired power plant on Teesside. In the planning application, the prospective plant operator said its ‘energy reserve facility’ would provide an electricity output up to 49.95 MW, mainly for grid balancing purposes.

Denton Municipal Electric, the locally-owned utility of the Texan city, has contracted Wärtsilä to deliver engineering and equipment (EEQ) for 225 MW gas power capacity. The plant will provide balancing power to the community, which aims to have 70% of its energy produced from renewables by early 2019.

Just six month after signing an accord with Iran’s MAPNA Group, Siemens has shipped the first F-class gas turbine for a power plant project in Bandar Abbas. This is the first stage of a bilateral contract which also covers the transfer of know-how for F-class gas turbine technology.

GE Power has secured more than $800 million in new orders across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, the company announced at this year’s Power-Gen Asia industry conference in Seoul. Orders include the first heat recovery steam generator project following GE’s acquisition of Korean-based Doosan Engineering & Construction HRSG business in August.

Two 130 MW Siemens-made steam turbines at Vattenfall’s district heating plant in Wedel near Hamburg will be overhauled by GE. The Wedel station agreement builds on GE’s 25 years of servicing generation equipment at various Vattenfall power plants throughout Germany.

Wärtsilä and PT Perusahan Listrik Negara (PLN), Indonesia’s state power company, have signed a memorandum to cooperate on the development of 500 MW of power generation solutions and related small-scale LNG storage and regasification infrastructure.

Mass Energy Group Holding has awarded GE a multiyear operation and maintenance (O&M) services contract, worth $520 million, for the 3,000 MW Basmaya combined-cycle gas gas power plant. The deal came to fruition following “continuing effort” between Mass Energy Group and the Iraqi ministry of electricity to bring more electricity to the people of Iraq.

Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), the nation’s incumbent utility, has handed a multiyear contract to GE’s Power Services business to support the availability of its three 9FA gas turbines at IEC’s Eshkol, Tzafit and Alon Tavor power stations.

Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed for regulatory approval to add 860 MW of gas-fired capacity and 50 MW of solar power to its Carty Generating Station (440 MW) in Boardman, Oregon. Just the gas-fired expansion requires a permit from the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) – the solar portion only needs to demonstrate its cost-competitiveness with similar projects.

Though the ‘Golar Tundra’ floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) has long arrived in Ghana and is ready for immediate startup – the operator Golar LNG said it is holding off, awaiting outstanding charter payments for the vessel. Ghana seeks to import LNG to fuel power plants in the eastern part of the country, where 600 MW of capacity is stranded.