Projects & Finance

Spain-based utility Iberdrola has contracted Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPSA) to supply two J-series gas turbines and a steam turbine for the 887 MW Noroeste Power Plant. The combined-cycle plant is due to be online in January 2019.

Umm Al Houl Power, a project vehicle set up by QWEC, Qatar Petroleum , Qatar Foundation and K1 Energy, has awarded a 25-year service agreement to Siemens for the planned Umm Al Houl combined cycle power plant. The deal marks Siemens’ second power gen services order from Qatar in past six months.

Brunswick Power Station, the latest addition to Dominion Virginia Power's generation fleet, is up and running since late Monday. With 1,358 MW installed capacity, the combined-cycle gas turbine plant can supply enough electricity to power 325,000 homes.

GE has invested $73 million into in its newly opened Advanced Manufacturing Works (AMW) in Greenville which is situated right next to the company’s largest gas turbine manufacturing facility. “We need to develop new technologies faster and cut them into the product-line faster," Steve Bolze, CEO of GE Power, suggesting the collocation of R&D and manufacturing could achieve that.

PSEG Power has ordered a 7HA.02 gas turbine package and an Alstom-designed steam generator for its Bridgeport Harbor Generating Station. Joe Mastrangelo, head of GE’s gas power systems said the company is now offering steam products on about 90% of its power-plant project bids, up from 30% prior to the acquisition.

Rolls-Royce, whose energy business is now part of Siemens, has delivered 36 Type 16V 4000 L32 MTU Onsite Energy gas generator sets for a power plant in Accra. The gensets will produce 1,560 kW of electricity and feed 56 MW into Ghana’s power grid at the Tema thermal power plant, which is due to start up in May.

Independent power producer (IPP) Tenaska has reached financial close for its 925 MW gas-fired Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station. Now that debt financing of roughly $780 million CCGT has been agreed, construction works are being fast-tracked to get the plant operational in 2018.

China’s 1,609-km long Ximeng-Taizhou and 1,231-km long Shanghaimiao-Shandong 800 kV transmission links will deliver 25% more electricity compared with recent 800 kV UHVDC links, once upgraded by ABB with advanced converter transformers. The Swiss company will carry out the upgrades after having won orders worth over $300 million.

Hydro Tasmania has contracted APR Energy to install and operate three clean-burning dual-fuel gas turbines in a mobile power plant. The mobile generator is expected to start up in early-May and will help mitigate the impacts of prolonged drought on the island’s hydropower output.

In connection with the visit of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo to Germany, Siemens has signed to agreements with state power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) for the development of 500 MW distributed power plants and related electricity grids.

A $250 million contract has been signed between the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and GE for the latter to upgrade substations located in Mostathmereen, Beni Suef Industrial, Ismailia East and Temay Alemdeed in a bid to connect 7 GW of power to the national grid.

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on realising the first ever power plant project in the West Bank have reached an advanced stage, with the chairman of the Palestinian Investment Fund suggesting that Israel approved the building of such a facility.

A trigeneration power plant at one of Europe’s oldest hospitals, St. Bartholomew’s in Barts, was recently put operational. Clarke Energy, GE’s authorised distributor, supplied one 1.4-MW Jenbacher J420 gas engine to provide electricity, heat and cooling for the hospital.

Debt capital of €3.5 billion for realising Egypt’s Beni Suef, Burullus and New Capital power plant projects has been structured and arranged by Deutsche Bank, HSBC and KfW IPEX-Bank together with a consortium of 17 international banks.

Quantum Utility Generation has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to EthosEnergy for turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) relocation services for their 121 MW Friendswood Energy Center in Houston, Texas. Engineering work and early construction activities have already started.

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