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India’s Gujarat state approves 6000 MW nuclear power plant

The government of the Indian state of Gujarat has agreed an Rs60 000 crore ($13bn) investment in a 6000 MW nuclear power plant project in Bhavnagar. The project is expected to use US reactor technology following a deal signed by both Indian and American governments.

Gujurat has also approved an expansion of the Kakrapar atomic power station near Surat with the addition of two 700 MW units within the next five years.

The western state of Gujarat is also expanding its renewable energy capacity with the NTPC proposing to build two solar power plants of 50 MW each.

It is expected that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between NTPC and Gujurat State will be signed very soon following government approval.

Gujarat has also signed a deal with British-based tidal energy company Atlantis Resources, who will look into the feasibility of developing 100 MW of power from the strong tides in the Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of Khamdhat in the Arabian Sea.

China selects 294 solar power projects for subsidy in bid to hit 10 GW target

China has identified 294 solar power projects with a total generating capacity of 642 MW as it works towards hitting its solar energy target of 10 GW by 2020.

Beijing has said it will subsidize at least half of the investment cost. The capacity will be nearly 30 per cent more than the minimum target Beijing set in July.

The projects will cost around 20bn yuan ($2.93bn) and be available in two or three years.

Of the projects, 232 with total generating capacity of 290 MW will be constructed by major industrial and commercial firms for their own power requirements. Some 35 projects, with total capacity of 306 MW, would be utility-scale plants.

Philippines’ further green investment

The Philippines’ Department of Energy (DOE) has announced it expects to sign more than 80 new contracts for renewable energy development projects by the year-end.

Recently, the DOE awarded 87 contacts to 18 companies for the development of biomass, geothermal, solar, hydro, ocean and wind power. This is inline with the country’s Republic Act 9513, also known as the ‘Renewable Energy Act of 2008’.

These latest contracts are anticipated to generate in excess of 4000 MW, and represent a total investment of PHP90.4bn ($2bn).

According to Mario Marasigan, the DOE assistant secretary, the DOE is currently reviewing the contracts in an effort to improve them. He also said that the developers had asked the department to look at some provisions, which may need to undergo some revision.

Enfinity, Titan Energy to erect 1 GW of solar PV in India

Enfinity, a Belgium-based renewable energy developer, and Titan Energy Systems, a manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, are to collaborate on developing, financing and constructing 1 GW of solar PV installations in Andhra Pradesh, India in the next five years.

Enfinity has said that Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, an undertaking of the government of Andhra Pradesh, will allocate in long lease 3000 acres of land in the villages of Thumalla, Dademavaripalli, Pulikuntapalli, Karimireddypalli and Lokogipalli, and at the industrial park of Amadugur near Kadiri, all in the Anantapur district.

The Belgian firm said that it would develop and finance the project, while Titan Energy Systems will act as a contractor and supplier of the PV modules. Enfinity and Titan will establish a special purpose joint venture for this project.

New Zealand to strengthen north-south power link

Transpower New Zealand has appointed Siemens to increase the capacity of the existing high voltage direct current (HVDC) link between the its North and South Island.

Siemens’ share of the work will account for around half of the overall $494m investment in the Inter Island Connector Pole 2 project.

The aim of the upgrade is to raise the capacity of the existing HVDC system in stages over the next few years from 700 MW to 1400 MW. The 579 km link includes a 40 km subsea section under the Cook Strait

Siemens will supply two turnkey converter stations and replace the aging converters with advanced light-triggered thyristor valves.

JBIC invests $1.6bn in Indonesia plants

Japanese companies are to invest around $1.6bn in the construction of various power plants in Indonesia.

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is expected to wrap-up $1.6bn in loan agreements later this year to finance the Paiton 3 power expansion project and the Cirebon power plant.

The Paiton 3 coal fired expansion project, controlled by Mitsui and Tokyo Electric Power Company, is expected to start generating 815 MW in early 2012.

Meanwhile, it was announced that the Cirebon 660 MW coal fired plant will commence operations in 2011.

 

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Cambodia: Russia is seeking permission to build a $2bn, 960 MW hydropower plant in Stung Treng Province, following the feasibility study carried out by JSC Bureyagesstroy in 2007.

India: Indian state-owned utility NTPC has signed an MoU with the state government to set up a 2640 MW thermal power plant at Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh.

Indonesia: State power firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has secured loan facilities from Bank Rakyat Indonesia worth $160m for the construction of four power plants under its 10 GW ‘crash’ programme.

Malaysia: Opponents of a proposed 300 MW coal fired power plant to be built in the east coast Lahad Datu district of Sabah have failed in an attempt to force an emergency debate in the Sabah assembly, despite claims that the majority of residents are against the development.

Maldives: The capital Male is to be powered by wind energy after the president’s office announced $200m international funding for a 75 MW wind farm to be developed by Falcon Energy, with an LNG fuelled plant providing 50 MW of back-up power.

Nepal: Indian independent power producer Tata Power and SN Power, a Norway-based renewable energy company, have signed an exclusive partnership agreement to develop joint hydropower projects in India and Nepal with total capacity of 2000 MW by 2015 and 4000 MW by 2020.

Pakistan: A 232 MW barge-mounted power generation system will arrive at Karachi from Turkey this month and start supplying 100 MW to the city. It will be closely followed by the arrival of another 220 MW rental unit, according to the minister responsible for power and water.

Philippines: Energy Development Corporation is to develop another 200 MW of greenfield geothermal power plants, making it one of the largest geothermal power producers in the world.

Vietnam: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a goal to generate 15-20 per cent of the country’s total power output from nuclear power by 2050, following the passing of a draft Atomic Energy Law. The first plant could begin construction as soon as 2014, according to local observers.

 

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