The winners of the inaugural Power Engineering International Asia Projects of the Year Awards were announced last night at POWER-GEN Asia in Bangkok.Ansan project

At a VIP ceremony the trophies were awarded for the best gas-fired, coal-fired, distributed generation and renewable projects.

The gas-fired award was won by S-Power for its Ansan combined heat and power plant in South Korea.

The plant has an efficiency level of more than 60 per cent and utilizes Siemens’ latest H-class gas turbine technology.

In addition to generating electricity, it also provides district heating for Ansan city.

Siemens and its partner, South Korea’s Posco Engineering & Construction, completed the plant in 24 months, from groundbreaking to first commercial operation.

The award for best coal-fired plant went to the Mong Duong II power plant, Vietnam’s first and largest build-operate-transfer coal project, with 100 per cent foreign direct investment of around two billion dollars.

The project owner is AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Company, which comprises the AES Corporation from the US, Posco Energy Corporation from Korea and China Investment Corporation.

Mong Duong II (below right) commenced construction in August 2010 and entered commercial operations in April this yeMong Duong II power plantar. The plant will produce more than seven billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year, supplying more than five per cent of Vietnam’s electricity demand. After 25 years of operations, the plant will be transferred to the Government of Vietnam.

Best distributed generation project was won by Amata Power – a a division of Amata B. Grimm Power Group, one of the Thailand’s leading small power producers – for two combined heat and power plants on the Amata City Industrial Estate in Bangkok.

Each combined heat and power plant is equipped with a pair of Siemens SGT-800 gas turbines, with an output of 50 MW, and one SST-400 steam turbine, which adds another 40 MW of electrical power to the output.

A major requirement from Amata B.Grimm Power was that the facilities had to be as fuel efficient as possible because in Thailand the price of natural gas continues to out-strip electricity tariffs, which puts profit margins under pressure.

The winner of the best renewables project was the Burgos wind farm, operated by EDC Burgos Wind Power.

The wind farm in the Philippines is now the biggest operational wind farm in Southeast Asia and is also the first renewable energy project to qualify for the Philippines’ new feed-in tariff regime.