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ASIA-PACIFIC

Issue 10 and Volume 18.

Alstom wins two CCGT orders in Singapore for total of 1.2 GW

Alstom is to build and maintain two gas fired combined-cycle plants in Singapore – a 800 MW plant for Keppel Merlimau Cogen Pte Ltd (KMC) and a 400 MW gas plant for Tuas Power Generation Pte Ltd (TPG).

The first phase of the KMC order, worth €320m ($443m), covers an EPC contract for a 400 MW gas fired combined-cycle unit and an 18-year maintenance contract. A second phase for a 400 MW combined-cycle unit should be booked in 2011.

Tuas has placed a €260m order with Alstom for the construction of the 400 MW CCP5 plant, due to be completed in 2014, and its maintenance over six years.

Both contracts cover the plants and all associated equipment, including a GT26 gas turbine, a steam turbine and a heat recovery steam generator for each unit. Alstom built KMC’s existing 500 MW plant in 2007.

Japan’s Meidensha developing clean coal technology for the Chinese market

Japan’s Meidensha Corp plans to work with research bodies in Japan and China on commercializing a catalyst that cuts NOx emissions from coal by over 90 per cent.

A two-year project with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and the Chinese Academy of Science starts next April, with a goal of commercialization by 2013. The three bodies will share the 1bn yen ($12m) cost.

Japan’s current environmental technology cannot be applied to China’s many small and midsize boilers and coal burning equipment, from which the exhaust gas is more than 100 oC cooler than that from Japanese equivalents.

China backs Vietnam’s $5bn 4.5 GW Duyen Hai power plant project

Vietnam is partnering with China to build the $5bn Duyen Hai plant.

Its 4.5 GW capacity would be equivalent to about one-third of the country’s total output, making it one of Southeast Asia’s largest plants.

In the first of three development phases, China’s Dongfang Electric is to construct a 1245 MW coal fired power plant, due on line in September 2014 at a cost of $1.4bn.

The project is to be 85 per cent financed by the Export-Import Bankof China and 15 per cent by Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), according to the Vietnamese company.

India’s NTPC to build 2640 MW Gidderbaha coal plant in the Punjab

The Punjab government has allotted the Gidderbaha coal fired plant project to India’s National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC).

NTPC has undertaken to complete the 2640 MW project within 36 months. The plant is expected to cost 15bn rupees ($337m) and its four 660 MW units would make it the biggest thermal power plant in Punjab, where other two projects – the Talwandi Sabo thermal power plant and Rajpura plant – are being set up by the public sector.

The project is to be financed by NTPC, which has sought long-term coal linkage from the Ministry of Coal, said the Punjab’s principal secretary for power. The Punjab government will assist in gaining this linkage, he added.

Punjab State Power Corporation is expected to enter into a power purchase agreement with NTPC once the project is completed.

Summit to build 300 – 450 MW Bibiyana gas fired power plant

Bangladesh’s Summit has won an IPP contract for the 300–450 MW Bibiyana gas fired combined-cycle plant after offering to sell electricity at BDT3.32 (4.68 US cents) per kWh.

The firm, which claims to be the first local company to win a contract for a large plant in Bangladesh, said it would install engines from its partner GE Energy.

Bibiyana will be implemented on a build, own and operate basis, pursuant to a 22-year implementation deal, and will use gas from the Bibiyana field.

Summit is also shortlisted for the 300–450 MW Meghnaghhat plant, the 300–450 MW Bibiyana-2 plant, and the 150–225 MW Bhola plant.

Japan’s Tepco plans to develop floating wind turbines

Tokyo Electric Power has set a goal of generating power from floating wind turbines next decade in its 2020 Vision business plan.

Japan’s offshore waters plunge steeply to over 100 metres, which limits the use of bottom-mounted turbines often installed in Europe. Tepco aims to deploy floating turbines at 10 km from shore in the Kanto region where the company is based.

The firm is also testing 2 MW bottom-mounted turbines that can operate at a depth of 11 metres.

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Australia: Investment in Australia’s gas fired power generation may double to A$14.7bn ($14.5bn) in the next six years if carbon emission prices are imposed. Fitch Ratings expects an investment of A$7.8bn without a carbon price.

India: Six more nuclear plants are expected to launch in the next two or three years, said R Chidamabaram, the principal scientific adviser to the government. He added that the government aims for 63 GW of nuclear capacity by 2032.

India: Konark Group, a textile maker, plans 100 MW of renewable energy projects by 2013 with an investment of over 10bn rupees ($225m). The group has a 5 MW solar project under way in Gujarat.

Japan: Sanyo Electric is aiming for sales of 100bn yen ($1.2bn) by fiscal 2015 through its large-scale system of storing electricity from solar energy in lithium-ion batteries.

Kazakhstan: A Japanese consortium of Toshiba Corp, Japan Atomic Power and Marubeni Utility Services Ltd will conduct a feasibility study for a nuclear plant with an advanced boiling water reactor generating 600 MW to 1 GW in electricity. The firms hope for a stable supply of uranium fuel in return for technical co-operation.

Malaysia: The minister of energy, Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui, has set a goal of 2080 MW – or 11 per cent – of the nation’s electricity being generated from renewable energy by 2020.

Philippines: Aboitiz Power hopes to build a PHP15bn ($347m) 200 MW circulating fluidized bed coal fired power plant in Davao City. The plant could be operational by 2014, by which time a shortfall of 484 MW has been forecast for the south of the country.

Thailand: Japanese companies Mitsui and Toyo Engineering Corp have jointly won contracts for six 100 MW and one 120 MW natural gas powered plants in the suburbs of Bangkok. Construction is set to complete in October 2013. The deals, estimated to total 70–80bn yen ($870–$990m), are with units of Gulf JP Co, a Thai subsidiary of J-Power.

Vietnam: Foster Wheeler has won a contract from Japan’s Marubeni Corp to design and supply two 300 MW pulverized coal steam generators for the Nghi Son 1 Project. The generators are expected to begin commercial operation from the first quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014. The completed plant is expected to generate 3.6 TWh per year.

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