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Bangladesh to build four large coal fired plants

The Bangladesh government is to build four large coal fired power plants that would generate 2400 MW of power from imported coal by 2014.

The new plants ” Chittagong 300″650 MW, Munshiganj 300″650 MW, Khulna 150″300 MW and Chittagong 150″300 MW ” would run on imported coal to diversify the power mix and ensure an affordable electricity supply, said Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) chairman ASM Alamgir Kabir.

“We have already completed evaluation of the planned coal fired power plants and sent the report to the power ministry for final approval,” he told the Financial Express. The contracts would be awarded to the bid winners immediately after their approval by the power ministry, he added.

The plants would help diversify energy sources against the backdrop of dwindling natural gas reserves, he said. The coal fired power plants would be built near the sea and rivers to facilitate imports of coal. They will be implemented on a build, own and operate (BOO) basis for 25 years.

Hokkaido Electric Power Company gets approval for nuclear reactor

Japan’s Hokkaido Electric Power Company was given the go-ahead on Wednesday to commence commercial operation of a nuclear reactor. It is the first to receive approval to resume since the disaster in March at Fukushima Daiichi plant, which is owned Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco).

The change in status of the 912 MW Tomari No.3 reactor, however, does not mean a boost in energy output from the plant as the reactor has been operating in test status since four days before the 11 March disaster.

Pakistan IPP crisis puts 4 GW at risk

Pakistan’s Independent Power Producers Advisory Council (IPPAC) has said it will close down 4 GW in capacity unless the federal government immediately provides $1.7bn, threatening to aggravate a chronic power shortfall of 4 GW.

Some IPPs have already taken capacity offline due to unpaid fees and further closures would be expected to make the situation “critical”.

IPPAC members reportedly voiced concern at a recent emergency meeting over rising arrears of $2.5bn in payments from Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO).

Vietnam signs $1.3bn China deal for 1.2 GW plant

Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) has signed a $1.3bn coal fired power plant contract with China’s Chengda, Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), Southwest Electric Power Design Institute (SWEPDI) and Zhejiang Electric Power Construction Co Ltd (ZEPC).

The 1245 MW Duyen Hai 3 power plant is planned for Dan Thanh Commune in Duyen Hai District in the southern province of Tra Vinh. Investment capital will be mobilized from China’s banks and EVN.

Under its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, the plant will begin its construction this year and is expected to operate by the third quarter of 2015.

EVN’s general director Pham Le Thanh said the project was one of three plants of the Duyen Hai Electricity Centre with total capacity of 4200 MW. These are part of the Vietnamese government’s national power development scheme for 2006″15.

Ling Ao nuclear plant commissions 1080 MW unit

Ling Ao Unit 4, the second unit of Ling Ao Phase II nuclear power plant, has entered commercial operation in China.

Commissioning Unit 4 makes the Daya Bay/Ling Ao complex the largest nuclear power plant in Guangdong province, which hosts more than half of China’s operating nuclear units and has more than 6 GW of nuclear capacity online.

Alstom and its long-established partner Dongfang Electric Corporation Limited (DECL) have supplied turbine generator units and related auxiliary equipments to the nuclear project.

Sri Lanka brings online its first solar plant

Sri Lanka’s first solar power plant, at Barutha Kanda Solar Power Park in Hambantota, has come online to add 500 kW to the national grid.

Korea’s government financed the plant at a cost of 412m rupees ($3.8m) through the Korea International Corporation Agency (KOICA).

The power and energy ministry will provide solar units at a concessionary rate to areas the national grid cannot serve. Solar power is expected to play a major role in the country’s power generation in future.

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Australia: Carbon Energy has achieved generation using underground coal gasification (UCG) at its Bloodwood Creek plant in Queensland, which it claims is the country’s first syngas plant.

China: Gansu province is set to be the country’s first province to reach 10 GW in installed wind capacity, having hit 5.5 GW at the end of 2010. Wind now provides 16 per cent of electricity generated in the province, according to China Daily.

India: Reliance Power’s parent company, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, will invest 15bn rupees ($333m) in a 200 MW wind power plant in Vashpet, in the state of Maharashtra. German firm Fuhrlander will provide 80 generators each rated 2.5 MW for the project, which will be operational by September 2012.

Japan: Hokuriku Electric Power Co plans to construct a 400 MW liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant, its first LNG plant, which is due onstream in 2018 in the port city of Imizu.

Korea: Kepco posted a quarterly loss that exceeded estimates due to tariff curbs meaning higher fuel costs could not be passed onto customers. Kepco said the net loss widened to 1090bn won ($1bn) from 835.6bn won a year earlier.

Pakistan: Chashma Nuclear Power Plant has failed to generate the 340 MW agreed in the generation licence but only generates 325 MW of which it consumes 25 MW, says the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).

Philippines: The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) has raised its generation charge by 8.5 centavos/kWh to P5.3721 ($0.126)/kWh, signalling a corresponding increase in power bills.

Thailand: Bangchak Petroleum, a state-owned refiner, has announced its plans to spend 12bn baht ($401m) on solar projects. A 38 MW plant went online in August. Constructing a second 32 MW plant will start around the year-end and another 48 MW plant will be built next year.

Vietnam: Khang Thong Group has signed a feasibility study deal for the $972m Binh Dinh thermal power plant (phase I) with Russia’s Zarubezhenergoproekt Group.

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