Projects & Finance

Industry group COGEN Europe has positively acknowledged Stadtwerke Kiel’s 190-MW combined heat and power project. Construction of the flagship plant is imminent. The new J920 FleXtra gas engine-driven plant set to replace a hard coal-fired CHP, which has been in operation for 40 years. Kiel's new gas CHP is slated to start up in October 2018.

Banks are reassessing collateral required from power project developers as they seek higher potential returns, according to Gints Sorokins, board member at OS Energy. This tends to delay new-builds and risks to derails a number of projects.

Two new 18.5-megawatt MAN 48/60 engines have been commissioned at the Grand Cayman power plant, joining join five existing MAN engines onsite. The retrofit increases the plant’s overall capacity to 90 MW and was carried out in partnership with the Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC).

Immediately after receipt of an air permit, Dominion Virginia Power has begun construction on its 1,588-MW Greensville County Power Station, a combined-cycle gas power project that comes with a price tag of $1.3 billion.

Bord Gáis Energy, one of the Republic of Ireland’s leading utilities, has identified a potential cost avoidance of €1.2 million after its Whitegate combined-cycle gas power plant (445 MW) in County Cork became the world’s first CCGT to deploy GE’s Asset Performance Management (APM) software.

Another first for Siemens: Four SGT-800 gas turbines and associated generators have just been ordered for he Shanxi Guoxin Baode and Xiyang decentralised energy projects in Central China. The order prompts the first installation of a SGT-800 in China. Start of the two combined-cycle plants is scheduled July 2017.

Panda Liberty and Panda Patriot – two twin CCGT projects with 829 MW each – have been completed by the EPC joint venture Gemma Power Systems (GPS) and Lane Construction. Both power plants, located in c, run on natural gas from Marcellus Shale.

Supporting the Paris climate agreement with flexible gas power technology, French utility EDF has brought its first combined-cycle gas power plant (650 MW) that is driven by a GE-built HA turbine, into full commercial operation in Bouchain, France.

Not-for-profit generator Wolverine Power Supply Co-op. has got its new Alpine gas peaking plant fully powered and ready to produce 410 MW of electricity, enough for nearly 120,000 homes. Final commissioning of the open-cycle plant, located in Elmira, Michigan, will continue in the weeks ahead and once complete, the units are handed to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) for routine dispatch.

Waste, normally going for landfill, is becoming a valuable fuel that will drive an energy-from-waste (EfW) power plant in Hull, northeast England. The EPC contractor M+W Group has ordered Siemens steam turbines and generators to power the plant, which is scheduled to start supplying electricity in March 2018.

Cap-des-Biches, a 53 MW decentralised power plant, has started up in Senegal. Driven by three Wärtsilä 46 internal combustion engines and a HRSG, the plant is feeding power to the national grid. ContourGlobal has already signed a contract to expand the plant with two further engines which will bring total capacity to 87 MW.

Island nations like Indonesia have long been attractive for decentralised power projects, however, for Japanese investors the “most appealing project is Gas and Thermal Power Plant Java 1 [PLTGU Jawa 1] with a capacity of 1,600 MW,” says BKPM chairman Franky Sibaran.

The first order from Israel for the turnkey construction of two industrial combined-cycle power plants will see Siemens realise the Alon Tavor and Ramat Gabriel plant projects, in northern Israel. Commissioning of the CCGTs is scheduled for mid-2018.

Gas-fired generator sets, built by Cummins, have just been delivered to UK Power Reserve’s (UKPR) development site in Carrington, Greater Manchester. The 20 MW facility – as well as four similar-sized projects in England and Wales – are scheduled to start operations in “late summer.”

Unit International, a Turkish power plant developer, has finalised a $4.2 billion accord with the Iranian energy ministry to build seven combined-cycle gas power plants in the Islamic Republic. Overall generating capacity amounts to 6,020 MW, underpinned by in what will be the biggest foreign investment in Iran since the lifting of sanctions.

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