Andritz wins $102m Kazahkstani power plant contract

Andritz has won a $102m contract from Shardarinskaya to upgrade electro-mechanical equipment at the Shardarinskaya hydropower plant in Kazakhstan.

Andritz will upgrade four Kaplan turbines with a runner diameter of 5.3 metres at the 104 MW plant located on the Syr-Darya River in the southern part of the country.

It will also supply generators and new control equipment, as well as modernisation of the auxiliary systems of the plant, which was originally commissioned in 1967.

The modernisation work, which is set for completion in the second half of 2017, will increase the capacity of each turbine from the current 26 MW to 31.5 MW, representing an increase of around 20 per cent.

OMM to install Chile’s first submarine cable

Offshore Marine Management

Offshore Marine Management has won a multi-million dollar contract to install Chile’s first submarine cable.

The cable will join the Chilean island of Huar to the country’s central grid.

UK-headquartered OMM clinched the engineering-procure-install and commission deal from Chilean electrical company Grupo Saesa following an international tender.

OMM will provide cable route design, marine surveys, and the installation of marine resources.

Offshore Marine Management

Eckhard Bruckschen, OMM’s chief operating officer, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in laying the first submarine power cable installed in the country.”

He added: “It is a ground-breaking project and a huge step forward towards the goal of supplying electrical power to remote areas of Chile.”

Feat of logistics sees Humber Gateway wind farm substations arrive in UK

Humber Gateway wind farm

Two substations have arrived by ship at the Port of Sunderland in the UK from Belgium as part of the Humber Gateway offshore wind farm project.

The 219 MW Humber Gateway has been given planning consent and will be built by German energy utility E.ON around 8 km off England’s East Yorkshire coast and will comprise 73 turbines.

A key part of the project will be the connection of the wind farm to the national grid onshore.

The two 600 tonne substations (pictured)arrived at Sunderland via barge and were transported on self-propelled trailers to a temporary base at the port where they will stay for six to 12 months before being shipped to the offshore wind farm site.

Mott MacDonald selected for 840 MW combined-cycle gas plant in Turkey

Engineering consultants Mott MacDonald has been appointed owner’s engineer for a new 840 MW combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Turkey.

The plant will be located in the Kirikkale, Central Anatolia region and is expected to cost around $900m to build.

The plant, which will use a highly-efficient GE combined-cycle system, comprising gas and steam turbines, generators, heat recovery steam generators and controls, will have the capacity to provide 50 per cent of the electricity in Ankara.

The project represents one of the largest investments in Turkey in recent years and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Mott MacDonald will review and verify the power plant’s design, carry out factory inspections and monitor construction on site.

Wood Group wins combustion system conversion contract in China

ZhongshanYong’an Electricity has selected Wood Group to perform a conversion project on a gas-fired power plant which will see the Chinese firm achieve a significant reduction in emissions.

Wood Group was awarded a DLN (Dry Low NOx) combustion system conversion contract, and the project will focus on the upgrade of the site’s combustion system from standard diffusion to DLN, on a Frame 9E combined-cycle gas turbine. The work is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.

Incorporating Wood Group GTS-manufactured DLN combustion hardware, software and auxiliary systems will help ZhongshanYong’an Electricity meet its emission and operational requirements.

ZhongshanYong’an will be provided with a turnkey solution that includes modification of the existing control system, and DLN monitoring and tuning services as a long-term service.

The conversion will enable the Chinese firm to achieve reduced emissions performance and comply with upcoming NOx and CO emission regulations to ensure that the gas turbine operates in a stable and efficient manner into the future.

Dominican Republic backup pilot scheme cut costs by almost 90 per cent

Viva-Trilogy Dominicana, a Dominican Republic mobile network, has announced the completion of a backup power pilot programme using a GE Durathon battery and a remote monitoring and diagnostic (RMD) system from OmniMetrix, an Acorn Energy company.

GE reports that the pilot resulted in an 88 per cent reduction in backup power costs and diesel fuel expenses, as well as a 60 per cent decrease in site energy costs.

“The Dominican Republic is known for an unreliable grid in certain areas,” said Edgar Geidans, chief technology officer of Trilogy International Partners, Viva-Trilogy’s parent company.

“Power is often lost for four to eight hours at a time, during which our diesel generators provide power to our telecommunication towers. The results of this trial have shown significant diesel savings using a leading-edge battery and controlling solution. We look forward to continuing our work and analysis with GE and OmniMetrix.”

The four-month pilot programme demonstrated the value of pairing a remote monitoring and diagnostic system with GE’s Durathon Battery.

The GE Durathon Battery and OmniMetrix RMD system were installed at a base transceiver station in a part of the Dominican Republic known for its frequent power outages.

During such outages, the battery was able to supplement electricity typically produced by a diesel generator to power the site. The OmniMetrix RMD system provided real-time data on both the battery and the grid’s overall performance.

Prescott Logan, general manager of GE Energy Storage, said the pilot scheme “demonstrates how sites that typically rely on diesel generators for backup power at telecommunications sites can achieve significantly lower operating cost, while providing reliable power.

“OmniMetrix’s RMD system enhances the inherent merits of GE’s battery by providing visibility to critical operating metrics.”

GE’s Durathon battery is based on a sodium-nickel energy storage technology that currently is being used in various applications in the telecommunications, utility and data storage industries.

GE hails the battery as a breakthrough due to its energy density, low toxicity and temperature independence.

Finance of $220m agreed for Jordan’s first wind farm

JWPC Tafila wind farm

Deals for $220m of finance for Jordan’s first large-scale renewable energy project have been signed.

The JWPC Tafila wind farm is an independent power project and has secured European and international support that covers almost 77 per cent of the total cost of the project.

Agreements have been signed with a consortium of lenders comprising the International Finance Cooperation, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Eksport Kredit Fonden, the OPEC Fund for International Development, FMO and Europe Arab Bank.

The 117 MW wind farm will be located in the Tafila governorate and will be equipped with 38 turbines.

It is intended to help cut Jordan’s current heavy dependency on energy imports and once fully developed is expected to account for almost 10 per cent of the country’s 2020 renewable energy target, which is 1200 MW.

EIB vice-president Philippe de Fontaine Vive said the project “provides a strong and green signal for the future in terms of technology, economic and energy development, and job opportunities”.

Eksport Kredit Fonden chief executive Anette Eberhard added that the wind farm was project “breaking new ground for wind farms in the Arab Mediterranean region, and this bodes well for the future”.

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